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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

Gurchen DoringGur chen rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Gurchen DoringGur chen rdo ring
  • English equivalent: Great Tent Long-stones
  • Site number: C-83
  • Site typology: II.1b
  • Elevation: 4880 m
  • Administrative location (county): Drongpa’Brong pa
  • Survey expedition: UTAE
  • Survey date: April 12, 2001
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS XI, HAS C6
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General site characteristics

Gurchen DoringGur chen rdo ring is located in a basin with views that are most open in a downhill or westerly direction. This orientation is at odds with most other sites of this typology, which generally have the most expansive vistas in the east. The very slightly sloping terrain is sandy with a sparse covering of turf. There are two main pillars firmly planted near the inner edge of the west wall of the enclosure.

Oral tradition

According to MenlaSman bla, an elderly resident of the area, and others, sites such as Gurchen DoringGur chen rdo ring are ancient MönMon funerary sites and some of them are associated with human remains.

Site elements

Enclosure

The enclosure is aligned in the cardinal directions, and measures 8.8 m (east-west) by 7 m (north-south). Significant parts of all four walls of the enclosure are intact. As in most examples of the typology, these double-course walls (around 70 cm thick) consist of a single layer of stones embedded in the ground. The stones (up to 50 cm long) of the enclosing walls are flush with the surrounding terrain or elevated above it to a maximum height of 15 cm.

Pillars

Both of the main pillars are partially covered in orange climax lichen. The north pillar is four-sided, beige in color and fairly well centered in the enclosure (1 m [height] by 1.4 m [basal girth]). This pillar is slightly inclined. North of the north pillar there is a tiny specimen around 20 cm in height. The south pillar is three-sided and tan in color (85 cm by 1 m).

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

Bibliographic Citation

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