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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

Chönkhor DoringChos ’khor rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Chönkhor DoringChos ’khor rdo ring
  • English equivalent: Dharma Wheel Long-stone
  • Site number: C-25
  • Site typology: II.1a
  • Elevation: 4200 m
  • Administrative location (township): DöyöSdod yod
  • Administrative location (county): PurangSpu rang
  • Survey expedition: HTCE
  • Survey date: May 5, 2002
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS X, HAS C4
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General site characteristics

The single pillar of Chönkhor DoringChos ’khor rdo ring is located on a high uninhabited esplanade, on the northern outskirts of DöyöSdod yod township. This white rock pillar is firmly planted in the middle of a level stretch of gravel-strewn ground. It has four uneven sides and measures 1.6 m in height and has a basal girth of 1.4 m. Some small stones are scattered around the base of the worn and discolored pillar. On the standing stone there are traces of orange climax lichen. To the north of the pillar there is a line of four large stones (up to 1.5 m long) embedded in the ground, which project upwards of 30 cm above the surface. The architectural relationship between these four stones and the pillar is not clear.

Oral tradition

According to local sources, Chönkhor DoringChos ’khor rdo ring is an old border marker of the DöyöSdod yod region.


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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