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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

A Ong DoringA ’ong rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: A Ong DoringA ’ong rdo ring
  • Site number: C-29
  • Site typology: II.1a
  • Elevation: 4450 m
  • Administrative location (township): TengtséSteng rtse
  • Administrative location (county): RutokRu thog
  • Survey expedition: HTCE
  • Survey date: June 7, 2002
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS II, HAS A2
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General site characteristics

The lone pillar of A Ong DoringA ’ong rdo ring is located about one-half way up the west side of A OngtsoA ’ong mtsho. This pillar stands just several hundred meters from the shore of the lake in the middle of a seasonal encampment. To the south rises a small hill but in other directions there is a wide open panorama. The A OngtsoA ’ong mtsho basin is less degraded and more heavily used by drokpa’brog pa than the “Valley of the Dead,” which is situated immediately to the south (see C-91, C-92, C-153, D-46, D-68). The environmentally more conducive conditions found in the A OngtsoA ’ong mtsho basin may help to explain why it appears to have hosted far fewer funerary monuments than the neighboring basin.

Oral tradition

Although A Ong DoringA ’ong rdo ring is well known in the region, no oral traditions concerning it could be collected.

Site elements

The gray granite pillar (1.4 m [height] by 1.3 m [basal girth]) has four irregular sides aligned in the cardinal directions. The pillar is slightly tilted towards the north. Its south face has weathered to a light red color. There is a corral in close proximity to A Ong DoringA ’ong rdo ring. A little south of A Ong DoringA ’ong rdo ring, in the sandy basin bounding the west side of A OngtsoA ’ong mtsho, there is a possible minor funerary structure (2.5 m across) (32° 43.143΄ N. long. / 81° 44.441΄ / 4450 m). It is marked by a ring of stones.

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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.