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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

Droklhé DoringGrog lhas rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Droklhé DoringGrog lhas rdo ring (sp.?)
  • Site number: C-17
  • Site typology: II.1a
  • Elevation: 4610 m
  • Administrative location (township): HorpaHor pa
  • Administrative location (county): Drongpa’Brong pa
  • Survey expedition: TILE
  • Survey date: March 5, 2006
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS XI, HAS C5
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General site characteristics

Droklhé DoringGrog lhas rdo ring is located on a sandy and grassy gentle slope that abuts a vast plain, which spreads out far to the east. To the west, the site is skirted by an adjacent ridge. Droklhé DoringGrog lhas rdo ring consists of three pillars erected in a north-south oriented row. There is a rocky area east of these pillars, which may be the remains of some type of walled structure. There may even be wall traces around all sides of these pillars but the evidence is inconclusive. If it was fenced, Droklhé DoringGrog lhas rdo ring actually belongs to the II.2b typology. In any event, areas adjoining the site are largely free of stones. Like nearby Zangdong MöndoZangs gdong mon rdo (C-170), Droklhé DoringGrog lhas rdo ring probably had a funerary ritual function. Nevertheless, there are no traces of other mortuary structures in the proximity. These structures, if they do exist, may lie buried under the sands of the site.

Oral tradition

According to local sources, Droklhé DoringGrog lhas rdo ring is associated with the ancient MönMon.

Site elements

The three pillars are made of rocks of sharply contrasting colors. These pillars have the following dimensions and characteristics:

  1. South pillar: a red non-uniform tabular specimen with its broad sided oriented north and south (60 cm [height] by 1.1 m [basal girth]).
  2. Central pillar: a blue non-uniform tabular specimen with its broad sides oriented north and south (80 cm by 1.3 m). The central pillar is situated 45 cm north of the south pillar.
  3. North pillar: a red broken specimen (30 cm by 90 cm). The north pillar is situated 40 cm north of the central pillar.
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Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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