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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

Sanyel DoringSa nyal rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Sanyel DoringSa nyal rdo ring
  • English equivalent: Sleeping Earth Long-stone
  • Site number: C-102
  • Site typology: II.1b
  • Elevation: 4620 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

The enclosed pillar of Sanyel DoringSa nyal rdo ring is located in the valley that debouches into a plain at Ngönmo DoringSngon mo rdo ring (C-99). The site is situated on the right side of the valley on gravelly and rocky ground that dips gently towards the north. A reddish brown sandstone was used to build the monument. Sanyel DoringSa nyal rdo ring is one of three sites of this typology (see also C-100 and C-101) in this corner of the erstwhile NaktsangNag tshang province. These sites are within a 10 km radius of each other.

Oral tradition

In this region (NaktsangNag tshang), such monuments as Sanyel DoringSa nyal rdo ring are connected to the ancient MönMon.

Site elements


There are small traces of the enclosing walls to the east of the pillar. The west wall is partially intact as well (this fragment is 2.7 m long). The enclosure walls are of double-course slab construction. These slabs are level with the ground surface or protrude as much as 15 cm above it.


The four-sided pillar is now 90 cm in height (basal girth of 1 m), but it was originally 40 cm taller. It is reported that the breakage of the pillar occurred in the last two decades. The broken part of the pillar is still found on the site. The sandstone pillar is highly eroded and has mineral depositions on its surface. A layer of conglomerate is cemented to one side of the stele, a highly unusual feature. The pillar stands 1 m east of the west wall of the enclosure.


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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