Encyclopedia: Ma Dai

Ma Dai; Ma Tai; 馬岱

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Ma Dai 馬岱

Lived: Unknown


Served: Ma Teng, Ma Chao, Shu

Ma Chao’s cousin. He surrendered to Liu Bei with Ma Chao.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Ma Tai
Simplified Chinese: 马岱
Pronunciation: Ma3 Dai4
Cantonese (Yale): Ma Doi
Cantonese (Jyutpin): Maa Doi
Min-Nan: Ma Tay

Rank and Titles

General Who Pacifies the North; Marquis of Chen Cang

Family and Relationships

Ma Chao (Cousin)

Fact vs. Fiction

Differences Between Fact and Common Fiction

  • Never killed the fictional Chen Zao. AD 228

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 5759, 64, 65, 81, 8895, 97, 98, 100105


Historic (Confirmed)

Ma Dai was a cousin of Ma Chao, a famous officer of Shu-Han. (de Crespigny 641) In the year AD 234, Zhuge Liang died. (1) Thereafter, Wei Yan and Yang Yi, two generals of Shu-Han, disagreed on the proper course of action to follow with regard to continuing Zhuge Liang’s campaigns. Both generals labeled each other traitors, but Wei Yan eventually lost support. Yang Yi dispatched Ma Dai to pursue and kill Wei Yan, which Ma Dai was able to do successfully. (2)

1: Chronicles of the Three Kingdoms, AD 234, Point 26

2: Chronicles of the Three Kingdoms, AD 234, Point 31



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February 17, 2023