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

Shapak DoringSha phag rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Shapak DoringSha phag rdo ring (sp.?)
  • Site number: C-93
  • Site typology: II.1b
  • Elevation: 4540 m
  • Administrative location (township): JangpaByang pa
  • Administrative location (county): GegyéDge rgyas
  • Survey expedition: UTAE
  • Survey date: May 22, 2001
  • Contemporary usage: Part of a pastoral encampment.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS II, HAS A2
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General site characteristics

Shapak DoringSha phag rdo ring consisted of three or four pillars erected inside an enclosure. It is reported to have been destroyed sometime during the Chinese Communist period and the pillars moved a short distance away to serve as the entrance to a corral. This corral is situated just south of the main road that links TsakhaTshwa kha and GegyéDge rgyas. The largest pillar is a well-hewn four-sided stone that projects 1 m above the ground surface and has a girth of 1 m. The other pillars are considerably smaller. A grayish grained stone was selected for use as the standing stones. North of the main road there are wall traces on gently sloping ground. These structural traces ostensibly belonged to the enclosure in which the pillars were erected.

Oral tradition

According to local drokpa’brog pa, Shapak DoringSha phag rdo ring is an ancient monument.


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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