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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

Ukpa Lung Doring’Ug pa lung rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Ukpa Lung Doring’Ug pa lung rdo ring
  • English equivalent: Owl Valley Long-stones
  • Site number: C-89
  • Site typology: II.1b
  • Elevation: 4790 m
  • Administrative location (township): HorpaHor pa
  • Administrative location (county): Drongpa’Brong pa
  • Survey expedition: UTAE
  • Survey date: April 21, 2001
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: manima ṇi plaques.
  • Maps: UTRS XI, HAS C5
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General site characteristics

Ukpa Lung Doring’Ug pa lung rdo ring is situated on level, sandy ground in the middle of the north-south running Ukpa Lung’Ug pa lung valley. The site is obscured by much dramagra ma brush growth. Ukpa Lung Doring’Ug pa lung rdo ring is in eyeshot of the great citadel of Wangchuk Gönpo KharDbang phyug mgon po mkhar (A-51). In the pre-modern period it was used to enshrine manima ṇi plaques, some of which are still intact. The enclosure was constructed primarily of white granite cobbles and does not appear to have been well aligned in the compass points. Except for the relatively intact south wall, only small fragments of the enclosure have survived. The enclosure measures 7.5 m (north-south) by 9.5 m (east-west). There appear to be seven pillars clustered near the west end of the enclosure, of which, all but two have been broken. The two tallest specimens measure 1.1 m (height) by 1.4 m (basal girth) by 8 cm (thickness) and 1 m by 1.3 m by 20 cm. The next tallest specimen (75 cm) is also tabular. The other broken pillars are significantly shorter. Broken parts of pillars and other stones are heaped around the in situ menhirs.

Oral tradition

None was collected.


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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