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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

Drukmö Doring’Brug mo’i rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Drukmö Doring’Brug mo’i rdo ring
  • English equivalent: Long-stones of Drukmo’Brug mo
  • Site number: C-105
  • Site typology: II.1b
  • Elevation: 4710 m
  • Administrative location (township): BaryangBar yangs
  • Administrative location (county): Drongpa’Brong pa
  • Survey expedition: UTAE
  • Survey date: April 14, 2001
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS XI, HAS C5
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General site characteristics

Drukmö Doring’Brug mo’i rdo ring, named after the wife of the epic hero GesarGe sar, is situated on level, sandy terrain near the northwest side of an alpine basin. With its sparse grasses, the site sees only limited pastoral use. The enclosure has been nearly obliterated; only scant traces of the east wall are still visible. The east wall is located 9.5 m east of the row of pillars, signaling that this was a medium-sized example of the typology. From what little remains, it appears that the enclosure was heavily built. There are 16 unhewn pillars forming a modified U-shaped array.

Oral tradition

According to residents of Tara GönpaRta ra dgon pa, Drukmö Doring’Brug mo’i rdo ring is named for Drukmö Lugo’Brug mo’i lu mgo, a nearby spring, thought to have been magically created by the goddess DrölmaSgrol ma. This sacred spring is said to have appeared after Drukmo’Brug mo, the wife of GesarGe sar, prayed to DrölmaSgrol ma to bring water to the parched landscape. As a result of the spring, a marshy pasture several kilometers in length formed. As part of the boon granted by DrölmaSgrol ma, the locale is said to be hydrologically stable. Some drokpa’brog pa also refer to the site as a MönMon burial ground (möndurmon dur). One elderly drokpa’brog pa alleges that the stones of this site were erected by the SingpaSing pa (an invader group from the northwest Subcontinent) to honor their fallen heroes.

Site elements

Pillars

Most of the standing stones form a meandering north-south row near, what must have been, the west wall of the enclosure. The pillars are all tabular, around 10 cm thick and with some orange climax lichen growing on them. Eleven of them are more than 50 cm in height. In addition to the in situ specimens, there is a dislodged pillar 1 m in length at the site. The broad sides of most pillars face north and south, as is often the case in this typology. Two pillars planted near, what must have been, the north wall of the enclosure, however, have broad sides oriented east and west. The tallest pillar occupies the central part of the north-south oriented row. It is 1.2 m in height and has a basal girth of 1.7 m. Three other stelae reach 1 m in height and have basal girths of between 1.2 m and 1.4 m. Seven other pillars are between 50 cm and 80 cm in height and have basal girths of between 70 cm and 1.4 m. A number of the pillars have had their tops broken off.

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

Bibliographic Citation

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