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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

Lhaktsang DoringLhag tshang rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Lhaktsang DoringLhag tshang rdo ring
  • English equivalent: Cupped Hands Long-stone (?)
  • Site number: C-20
  • Site typology: II.1a
  • Elevation: 4590 m
  • Administrative location (township): LhaktsangLhag tshang
  • Administrative location (county): SagaSa dga’
  • Survey expedition: HTCE
  • Survey date: April 21, 2002
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
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General site characteristics

The lone pillar of Lhaktsang DoringLhag tshang rdo ring is located on the outskirts of the eponymous township headquarters. It is situated in the middle of the MenchuSman chu valley on sandy terrain with tufts of grass. Lhaktsang DoringLhag tshang rdo ring is roughly equidistant between three mountains that are thought to be potentially dangerous (ka nyenpobka’ gnyan po): LuklakLug lag (south), batsangBa tshang (sp.?) (west) and Nyugu TönpoNyu gu mthon po (sp.?) (north). It is not known whether this geographic placement influenced the erection of the pillar. Lhaktsang DoringLhag tshang rdo ring is four-sided (70 cm [height] by 90 cm [basal girth]) and very heavily weathered. Like Garshok DoringSgar gshog rdo ring (C-19), Lhaktsang DoringLhag tshang rdo ring appears to represent an elementary pillar variety, which appeared near the southeastern extremity of the pillars erected inside an enclosure (II.1b) territorial range.

Oral tradition

Local sources report that Lhaktsang DoringLhag tshang rdo ring is ancient.


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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