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by John Vincent Bellezza
Edited by Geoffrey Barstow, Mickey Stockwell and Michael White
Tibetan & Himalayan Library
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II.1. Stelae and accompanying structures: Funerary and non-funerary structures

Nakhama DoringNa mkha’ ma rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Nakhama DoringNa mkha’ ma rdo ring (sp.?)
  • Site number: C-22
  • Site typology: II.1a
  • Elevation: 4760 m
  • Administrative location (township): LhaktsangLhag tshang
  • Administrative location (county): SagaSa dga’
  • Survey expedition: HTCE
  • Survey date: April 23, 2002
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS XI, HAS C6
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General site characteristics

Nakhama DoringNa mkha’ ma rdo ring is located in a huge basin near the head of the MenchuSman chu valley. This site sits close to the north base of the Tenchen LaRtan chen la (5230 m), on ground that moderately declines to the east. The sacred mountains Lönpo GangriBlon po gangs ri and Polha ShelgyungPho lha shel rgyung are visible from Nakhama DoringNa mkha’ ma rdo ring.174 The terrain is sandy and there are many rocks strewn around Nakhama DoringNa mkha’ ma rdo ring, unlike adjoining areas that are fairly clear of debris. The space to the east of the six pillars is slightly elevated, as is often encountered at sites with walled enclosures. The ground before the pillars also gently slopes down to the east rather than being level, which may be indicative of geomorphologic changes to the site. If indeed there was an enclosure, as seems likely, all traces of it have vanished in the unstable substrate.

Oral tradition

None was collected.

Site elements

All six pillars of the site are made of an uncut blue-gray rock that has weathered to a reddish color. The pillars are all severely inclined and heavily eroded. They form a group spread out over 3 m. From north to south, they have the flowing dimensions and forms:

  1. Long-stone DR1: small broken specimen.
  2. Long-stone DR2: tabular (40 cm [height] by 65 cm [basal girth]).
  3. Long-stone DR3: tabular (75 cm by 80 cm).
  4. Long-stone DR4: tabular (75 cm by 60 cm).
  5. Long-stone DR5: four-sided (85 cm by 60 cm).
  6. Long-stone DR6: four-sided (1.1 m by 1 m).


[174] For information on these important sacred mountains see John. Vincent Bellezza, Antiquities of Upper Tibet: An Inventory of Pre-Buddhist Archaeological Sites on the High Plateau (Delhi: Adroit, 2002), 334–338.

Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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