Eminent Chinese of the Ch'ing Period/Baindari

BAINDARI 拜音達里 d. 1607, bore the clan-name Nara and was beile of the Hoifa tribe which formed part of the Hūlun nation. (For the other three tribes, Hada, Yehe, and Ula, see under Wan, Yangginu and Bujantai respectively.) Baindari's ancestors possessed the family name Ikderi and belonged originally to the Nimaca tribe on the banks of the Amur river. Migrating southward to Jaru they put themselves under the protection of some Nara clansmen. Then, after slaying seven oxen in a sacrifice to Heaven, they exchanged their own name for that of their protectors. Six generations later one of their descendants, Wangginu, consolidated his position by establishing a city at Mt. Hûrki on the Hoifa river, where the natural advantages of his location enabled him to withstand repeated attacks from the Mongols. On the death of Wangginu his grandson, Baindari, murdered the seven uncles who might have stood in his way and proclaimed himself beile of the Hoifa. In 1593 he joined the confederation against Nurhaci [q. v.] which was unsuccessfully led by Narimbulu [q. v.] of the Yehe tribe. Two years later Nurhaci retaliated by taking the town of Dobi from Baindari and killing two of his generals. In 1597 the Hûlun tribes agreed on a truce with the enemy and thereafter Baindari, whose territory was situated between the Yehe towns and Nurhaci's center of operations, wavered in allegiance from one to the other, finally deciding to trust in the impregnability of his city to defend him against both. In 1607, however, Nurhaci invaded the region, killed Baindari and his son, and thus put an end to the independent existence of the Hoifa tribe.

[1/229/13b; Hauer, E., K'ai-kuo fang-lüeh, pp. 29, 35–37; Ch'ing T'ai-tsu Wu Huang-ti shih-lu (see under Nurhaci) 1/3b]

George A. Kennedy