The Brick and the Bull : An Account of Handigaun, the Ancient Capital of Nepal

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Title:The Brick and the Bull : An Account of Handigaun, the Ancient Capital of Nepal


Author:Sudarshan Raj Tiwari

Publisher:Himal Books

Publish Year:2002

Edition:First Edition

Cover:Hard Back

Subject:Nepal History | Arts | Nepal Culture and Custom | Archaeology


Remarks:B&W Photographs


Size:253 x 185 mm


Price:USD 13.53

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  • Handigaun is the earliest known urban settlement of Kathmandu Valley. As the site of the great palaces of the Kirat and Lichchhavi kings such as Mangriha and Kailashkut Bhavan, it served as the capital of the valley for more than a millennium. The advent of the Malla era saw the rise of Bhaktapur, but the preceding era belonged to Handigaun. This colourful past of Handigaun remains extant in the customs and practices of the residents of the place. The writer draws upon these cultural artefacts and relates them to archaeological finds and inscriptions to draw a picture of this ancient city. It is a fascinating story he tells—of Handigaun’s origins, its legendary figures, the palace intrigues and other historical events—on the basis of his study of Handigaun’s ancient festivities and arcane rituals and their interconnectedness to the power places and public spaces still in use today.

    Sudarshan Raj Tiwari

    Sudarshan Raj Tiwari is an Architect cum cultural historian. His previous publication include Tiered Temples of Nepal and The Ancient Settlements of the Kathmandu Valley
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