Sounding Stones


WITH regard to Mr. Tingle's letter in NATURE of January 4 (p. 222) on sounding stones, it may interest you to know that I have just seen at Pagan, the former capital of Burma, now in ruins, a large log of fossil (or rather silicified) wood, used as a gong. It emits a clear ringing note when struck, and is used, like all pagoda bells or gongs, to direct the attention of the guardian spirits to the offering about to be presented by the pious Buddhist.

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