Zanda Tholing, also called the Place of Kings or the Resting Place of Kings, was an important ritual site for the royalty of Khazari.[1][3]


Located on the Katakoro Plateau far outside the borders of Khazari, Zanda Tholing was an important pilgrimage site for the royal family, and was treated as a site of supreme holiness, dedicated to the Enlightened One.[1]

At the center of the site was the exposure ground, where the body was left on a pallet to decay. When a king or prince died, their body was brought here to be exposed to the elements until the flesh was gone. The bones were then returned to Khazari for burial, a tradition that had gone on for centuries. No one except priests of the Zanda were allowed in this area.[1]

The land around the holy ground was littered with markers commemorating deceased rulers. Centuries of this tradition caused the area to become a "forest of steel", due to the number of markers jutting out from the landscape.[1]

It was said that the greatest of leaders had their bodies consumed in a flash of blue fire, leaving only their untouched bones behind. This was treated as a sign of that person's greatness.[1]


No more than ten priests of the Zanda lived in a small monastery at the edge of the site. They were responsible for placing the bodies of the deceased on the sacred ground, after which they chanted prayers for a day and a night. They collected the bones when they were ready, and conducted various purification rites, both before the body was laid and after the remains were fetched.[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 David Cook (1990). The Horde (Volume II). (TSR, Inc), p. 109. ISBN 978-0880388689.
  2. David Cook (1990). The Horde (Map: The Horde). (TSR, Inc). ISBN 978-0880388689.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Troy Denning (1990). Storm Riders (Map). (TSR, Inc.). ISBN 9-781560-765646.