Review: J.P. Cross: The throne of stone
Reveiw of: Cross, J P; 2000, The Throne of Stone. Mandala Book Point, Kathmandu, Nepal.
The throne of stone, depicted clearly on the cover photograph of the book under review, is a very large flat stone on a mountain top, slightly raised one end. It is an unusual stone that generations of ancient Tura - known today as Dura - chieftains or rulersof Turlung in the Lamjung district of west Nepal, sanctified by tradition and rite as the ruler of the Tura people during the pre-unification days were crowned. According to tradition, the chief or ruler of the Tura tribe or community would anoint vermilion powder on his forehead. All subjects would then come and pay homage.