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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

Doring KarnakRdo ring dkar nag

Basic site data

  • Site name: Doring KarnakRdo ring dkar nag
  • English equivalent: Black and White Long-stones
  • Site number: C-96
  • Site typology: II.1b
  • Elevation: 4880 m
  • Administrative location (township): JangtöByang stod
  • Administrative location (county): GegyéDge rgyas
  • Survey expedition: UTAE
  • Survey date: June 3, 2001
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: Four plaques inscribed with the manima ṇi mantra.
  • Maps: UTRS II, HAS A2
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General site characteristics

Doring KarnakRdo ring dkar nag is located near the north edge of the broad GangraGangs ra valley. Bounding the valley, in the proximity, is a dark-colored rock outcrop. The terrain is almost level and covered in small rocks and gravel. There are excellent views to the east and west and a fairly long view to the south. The black pillar and white pillar erected inside the enclosure have inspired the current name of the site. Three of the four manima ṇi plaques found at the site are broken.

Oral tradition

None was collected.

Site elements


The not well aligned double-course slab-wall enclosure measures 4.4 m (east-west) by 3.4 m (north-south). The walls of the enclosure (50 cm to 60 cm) thick contain upright slabs primarily 30 cm to 70 cm in length (the longest slab is 1 m). These slabs are 2 cm to 7 cm thick and project 10 cm to 20 cm above ground level. Parts of all four walls of the enclosure are intact, including about 50 percent of the original number of slabs. Other slabs of the enclosure lie dispersed around the site.


The two pillars are planted about 20 cm from the inner edge of the west wall and are well centered between the north and south walls of the enclosure. The north pillar (1 m [height] by 1 m [basal girth]) is black and has an irregular tabular form. The south white pillar (75 cm by 80 cm) has an irregular form. The strong color contrast between the two pillars is especially noteworthy in the late afternoon sun.


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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