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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

Kyao DoringSkya’o rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Kyao DoringSkya’o rdo ring (sp?)
  • Site number: C-24
  • Site typology: II.1x
  • Elevation: 4160 m
  • Administrative location (township): RigongRi gong
  • Administrative location (county): PurangSpu rang
  • Survey expedition: HTCE
  • Survey date: May 2, 2002
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS X, HAS C4
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General site characteristics

Kyao DoringSkya’o rdo ring is located on the western edge of an arable locale known as ZhingraZhing ra, on the left side of the Maja TsangpoRma bya gtsang po (Karnali river) valley. The site is particularly rocky. There is a shallow depression where an ancient pillar is reported to have stood until being destroyed in the Chinese Cultural Revolution. This lone pillar is said to have been tall as a man. Small fragments of the Kyao DoringSkya’o rdo ring pillar are still strewn around the site.

Affiliated sites

Upstream of Kyao DoringSkya’o rdo ring there is a place called TsamtiTsham tid (sp.?). It is reported that a lavish bumpabum pa (receptacle) was buried in the ground at this location until the modern period. This bumpabum pa was dedicated to the earth goddess, Sayi LhamoSa yi lha mo. Until circa 1990, the fields of TsamtiTsham tid were cultivated. Thereafter, they were abandoned due to dismal productivity.

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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.