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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

Luma Archung DoringLu ma ar chung rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Luma Archung DoringLu ma ar chung rdo ring (sp. ?)
  • Site number: C-16
  • Site typology: II.1a, II.2d
  • Elevation: 4270 m
  • Administrative location (county): GarSgar
  • Survey expedition: UTAE
  • Survey date: May 16, 2001
  • Contemporary usage: Site disturbances.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS I, HAS C1
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General site characteristics

Luma Archung DoringLu ma ar chung rdo ring is located in a sandy mountain cove near the right bank of the Senggé TsangpoSeng ge gtsang po, about 1 km downstream of Rala KharmarRa la mkhar dmar (see A-65). The site is named for a spring at the base of a nearby limestone formation, the home of a luKlu named Dungkyong KarmoDung skyong dkar mo (the most popular luKlu water spirit in Upper Tibet). Local sources report that a pillar around 1.4 m in height stood here until circa 1990 when it was toppled. This fallen pillar now lies on the site. It has four well-formed sides of about equal width and is 2.1 m long and has a basal girth of 1.1 m. There are also funerary tumuli at Luma Archung DoringLu ma ar chung rdo ring.

Oral tradition

According to local sources, the pillar of Luma Archung DoringLu ma ar chung rdo ring appeared in the primal epoch of existence.

Site elements

Proximate funerary structures
Funerary Structure FS1

Next to the fallen pillar there is what appears to be a burial tumulus (bangsobang so). This rocky rectangular mound (8.4 m by 9.3 m) is elevated about 1.2 m above the surrounding very gently sloping terrain. Recently this tumulus (FS1) was heavily disturbed by the excavation of its top. This damage precluded discerning the design and alignment of the walls.

Funerary Structure FS2

Funerary structure FS2 (6.4 m by 6.6 m) is situated 26 m west of FS1. This smaller square mound is elevated less than a 1 m above the surrounding terrain. The sides of FS2 are aligned in the cardinal directions.

Funerary Structure FS3

Funerary structure FS3 is situated 35 m north of FS2. This truncated mound now barely projects above ground level. Its sides are also aligned in the cardinal directions.

Funerary Structure FS4

Funerary structure FS4 is situated 51 m west of FS3. This probable funerary enclosure barely extends above the ground surface and measures 11.4 m (north-south) by 14.7 m (east-west). Its limestone walls are aligned in the compass points and are around 60 cm in thickness.

Funerary Structure FS5

Funerary structure FS5 is situated 9 m south of FS4, and is of the same design and construction. FS 5 is 11 m long (north-south) but its west end has been obliterated. It is also aligned in the cardinal directions. In close proximity to FS4 and FS5 is a small seasonal pastoral camp.


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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