The Throne of Stone: A Reconstructed Village Version of the Pre-Dawn of the Gorkha Dynasty: 1479-1559 Author:J P Cross
Who would be the next king appointed on the Throne of Stone?
For three generations struggles in parts of what is now Nepal and northern India mired the peace by land-grabbing, kidnap, murder, feuds, poison, passion, magic and blind lust, but also with kindness, compassion, common sense and unrequited love. What started five hundred years ago merely because famine used up seed corn resulted in plans for acquisition of territory that went badly wrong. The consequences are still felt today.
In north India during quarrels between Moslem rulers in Delhi and Bihar a small Hindu village was raided with grisly results that spread into the mountains. The conflict was only resolved after an epic wrestling match.
In the valley of Kathmandu the scheming of one ruler resulted in the deaths of twelve leaders of another community in unexplainable and fearful circumstances. The following man hunt resulted in two trials by ordeal, with unexpected results.
In 1559 a hill race decided who would be local king and, after a ritual human sacrifice, the new ruler of nearby Gorkha sowed the seeds of modern Nepal although none at the time could have believed it.
The Throne of Stone now stands empty.
About the author
By 2000 AD J P Cross had spent 55 years in close association with Nepalis, as soldier, scholar and resident. He has an honours degree in Nepali from Tribhuvan University and his fluency is of an unusually high order, as he is often mistaken for a Nepali. This is his ninth published book. He has walked at least ten thousand miles in Nepal and is known far and wide, especially among hill people.
He lost his sight and was led and looked after by his surrogate son, Buddhiman Dura. After regaining partial sight he was given the unique and benevolent privilege by His Majesty King Birendra of being the only non-Nepali to be a land- and house-owner in his own right, as well as being a permanent resident. Buddhiman's villagers see him and his surrogate father as having been of the same family in a previous incarnation and fated to meet up eventually. Likewise they will be together in a future incarnation.
Buddhiman's forebears played a full part in establishing the current dynasty, all of five hundred years ago. Some events of that time are still fresh in village memories - hence this book.
Publication: Mandala Number of Pages: 352 ISBN: 99933-10-07-7
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