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THL Title Text
by John Vincent Bellezza
Edited by Geoffrey Barstow, Mickey Stockwell and Michael White
Tibetan & Himalayan Library
Published under the THL Digital Text License.

II.1. Stelae and accompanying structures: Funerary and non-funerary structures

Beltsa Gyangtrok DoringBal tshwa gyang khrog rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Beltsa Gyangtrok DoringBal tshwa gyang khrog rdo ring
  • English equivalent: Wool Salt Ruins Long-stone
  • Site number: C-82
  • Site typology: II.1b
  • Elevation: 4580 m
  • Administrative location (township): RukyokRu skyog
  • Administrative location (county): SagaSa dga’
  • Survey expedition: UTAE
  • Survey date: April 11, 2001
  • Contemporary usage: None.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS XIII
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General site characteristics

Beltsa GyangtrokBal tshwa gyang khrog consists of a single quartzitic sandstone pillar that is well rooted in the ground despite the site having been heavily disturbed by road construction. This light-colored unhewn stone was erected on flat, sandy ground covered in river stones. The Chaktak TsangpoLcags thag gtsang po is less than 100 m away and fluvial deposits show that the site must have flooded at least once. The tabular pillar is 1.1 m in height and has a basal girth of 1.1 m. As is customary in this monument typology, the broad sides of the standing stone face north and south. Ostensible traces of the north wall of the enclosure are represented by three stones (each around 30 cm in length) oriented in an east-west direction. An elderly herder (drokpa’brog pa) who hails from the locale confirmed that the pillar was, at one time, surrounded by a stone enclosure. This information, the mythology and the morphological characteristics of the structures confirm the typological identity of the site. Beltsa GyangtrokBal tshwa gyang khrog is the most easterly example of stelae erected within an enclosure situated south of the Transhimalaya discovered to date. This example of the II.1b typology is located 80 km northwest of Tsanglha PudarGtsang lha phu dar, a traditional boundary mountain of TsangGtsang and Zhang ZhungZhang zhung, according to BönBon sources. Beltsa GyangtrokBal tshwa gyang khrog‘s location at the edge of the main east-west road (gyalamrgya lam) to southwestern Tibet puts what remains of this pillar monument at extreme risk.

Oral tradition

It is said by local sources that Beltsa GyangtrokBal tshwa gyang khrog is a long-stone that appeared during the emergence of existence (sipa chakpé doringsrid pa chags pa’i rdo ring).



Note Citation for Page

John Vincent Bellezza, (Charlottesville, VA: Tibetan & Himalayan Library, 2010), .

Bibliographic Citation

John Vincent Bellezza. . Charlottesville, VA: Tibetan & Himalayan Library, 2010.