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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

Khusé DoringKhu se rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Khusé DoringKhu se rdo ring (sp.?)
  • Site number: C-84
  • Site typology: II.1b
  • Elevation: 4960 m
  • Administrative location (township): ladrangBla brang
  • Administrative location (county): Drongpa’Brong pa
  • Survey expedition: UTAE
  • Survey date: April 13, 2001
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS XI, HAS C5
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General site characteristics

Khusé DoringKhu se rdo ring is situated on a slightly tapering bench overlooking the Achok SerlepA chog ser lebs basin. The terrain is sandy and hemmed in to the north by a ridge. There are at least 18 undressed reddish brown and gray pillars standing inside the enclosure near the west wall.

Oral tradition

Khusé DoringKhu se rdo ring is thought by some local sources to have been erected by the MönMon.

Site elements

Enclosure

The enclosure is not well aligned in the cardinal directions and measures 6 m (north-south) by 11 m (east-west). Many parts of its four walls are intact. These superficial (consisting of a single layer of stones) walls are flush with the surrounding ground level, 60 cm in thickness and made of smaller stones (up to 40 cm long). In order to maintain a level space, the enclosure is elevated 50 cm above the adjacent terrain on its eastern flank.

Pillars

While most pillars parallel the full extent of the west wall, some of them extend a short distance along the inner edges of the north and south walls of the enclosure, creating a U-shaped array. All but three of the stelae are 60 cm or less in height. Most of the shorter specimens have sustained some damage and are missing their top sections. The stelae are unhewn and made from various types of rock. These stones are tabular, three-sided and irregularly shaped. The three tallest pillars are situated about 70 cm from the inner edge of the west wall of the enclosure:

  1. Long-stone DR1: three-sided, reddish (1 m [height] by 1 m [basal girth]). DR1 is centrally located.
  2. Long-stone DR2: tabular (90 cm by 1 m). DR2 is located near the southwest corner of the enclosure.
  3. Long-stone DR3: tabular (75 cm by 1 m). DR3 is in very close proximity to DR2.

Affiliated sites

Not far from Khusé DoringKhu se rdo ring, in a valley called Senggé LungSeng ge lung, there is a small hilltop ruin.

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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.