Tibetan and Himalayan Library - THL

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

Sakti DoringSag thi rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Sakti DoringSag thi rdo ring
  • Site number: C-15
  • Site typology: II.1a
  • Elevation: 4650 m
  • Administrative location (township): KhyunglungKhyung lung
  • Administrative location (county): TsamdaRtsa mda’
  • Survey expedition: UTAE
  • Survey date: May 2, 2001
  • Contemporary usage: As a cult monument.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: Prayer flags.
  • Maps: UTRS V, UTRS X, HAS C3
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General site characteristics

Sakti DoringSag thi rdo ring is located on the left side of the eponymous valley, an effluent of the Chukar TsangpoChu dkar gtsang po. The single pillar stands on a broad, gentle slope in close proximity to a winter pastoral camp. The pillar (1.7 m [height] by 1.6 m [basal girth]) is irregularly shaped and highly worn. The beige stone has weathered to a much darker color. Stones have been piled up around the base of the pillar including pieces of locally occurring milky quartz. White scarves (khatakkha btags) and prayer flags (lungtarlung rta) have been tied around the stone, and butter has been repeatedly dabbed on its upper section. Incense is also burnt at the site. Evidently, Sakti DoringSag thi rdo ring is a local cult monument. The use of ancient pillars for contemporary religious purposes is much more common in the GugéGu ge region than it is in the JangtangByang thang. The original function of lone pillars in GugéGu ge such as Sakti DoringSag thi rdo ring is not clear.

Oral tradition

None was collected.

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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.