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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

Zhalung DoringZha lung rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Zhalung DoringZha lung rdo ring (sp.?)
  • Site number: C-101
  • Site typology: II.1b
  • Elevation: 4630 m
  • Administrative location (township): Urtö’Ur stod
  • Administrative location (county): NyimaNyi ma
  • Survey expedition: UTAE
  • Survey date: June 17, 2001
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS VIII
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General site characteristics

Zhalung DoringZha lung rdo ring, the site of a pillar erected inside an enclosure, is situated in a fold in a large plain, in the middle of parallel branches of the main road running between the NyimaNyi ma county seat and points west. As the monument is found in a dip in the plain, the views to the east and west are somewhat circumscribed. On the other hand, the views north and south are quite open. The sandy terrain gently declines towards the east. Unhewn pieces of reddish brown sandstone were used to build the monument.

Oral tradition

In this region (NaktsangNag tshang), sites such as Zhalung DoringZha lung rdo ring are closely associated with the ancient MönMon.

Site elements


The enclosure is aligned in the cardinal directions, and measures 5 m (north-south) by 11.5 m (east-west). The west wall of the enclosure is largely intact, the east partly intact, and small parts of the north and south walls have survived as well. The variable-length (15 cm to 70 cm long) blocks and slabs of the double-course walls (50 cm to 60 cm thick) are level with the ground or elevated a maximum of 15 cm above it. The many stones scattered around the enclosure were probably once part of its construction (the surrounding terrain is largely free from such stones).


The single tabular pillar (75 cm [height] by 1.1 m [basal girth]) is fairly well centered between the north and south walls of the enclosure. This pillar is situated 1.4 m from the inner edge of the west wall. The top of the pillar was broken off long ago, as evidenced by the heavy erosion of the fractured surface.


In the vicinity of the pillar monument, a male resident of ZhalungZha lung excavated a “möndurmon dur” and used a femur he recovered from the tomb to make a thigh-bone trumpet (kanglingrkang gling).


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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