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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

Marchö DoringMar mchod rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Marchö DoringMar mchod rdo ring
  • English equivalent: Butter Offering Long-stone
  • Site number: C-14
  • Site typology: II.1a
  • Elevation: 4390 m
  • Administrative location (township): KhyunglungKhyung lung
  • Administrative location (county): TsamdaRtsa mda’
  • Survey expedition: UTAE
  • Survey date: May 1, 2001
  • Contemporary usage: As a prayer flag mast for the local pastoral encampment. The pillar also functions as a cult offering site.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: Prayer flags.
  • Maps: UTRS V, UTRS X, HAS C3
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General site characteristics

Marchö DoringMar mchod rdo ring is situated on the left side of the narrow MarchöMar mchod valley. Located southwest of KhyunglungKhyung lung village, access to the MarchöMar mchod valley is gained by way of a 4500 m high pass known as YarkhalaYar kha la. The lone pillar of Marchö DoringMar mchod rdo ring stands in close proximity to a winter pastoral camp of the same name. It is anchored on a 10° slope covered in sparse grass and pebbles. The four-sided pillar is 2.5 m in height and has a basal girth of 1.2 m. The four sides of the stone are quite evenly hewn and are fairly closely oriented in the compass points. Marchö DoringMar mchod rdo ring is slightly inclined but still well rooted in the ground. It has stood for a long time as evidenced by the wear it has undergone and by the way it has turned from beige to a reddish and dark brown color due to geochemical weathering processes. The original function of Marchö DoringMar mchod rdo ring could not be ascertained.

Oral tradition

The Marchö DoringMar mchod rdo ring pillar is called sipé doringsrid pa’i rdo ring by the inhabitants of KhyunglungKhyung lung village. It is thought to have grown where it stands in the primal epoch. Butter is offered to the stele because it is considered a protective and fortune-bestowing object. Dabs of butter cover much of its upper section and prayer flags are draped over it.


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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