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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

Horduk DoringHor dug rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Horduk DoringHor dug rdo ring
  • English equivalent: Mongolian Poison Long-stone (?)
  • Site number: C-32
  • Site typology: II.1a
  • Elevation: 4830 m
  • Administrative location (township): RuntorRu ’thor
  • Administrative location (county): Drongpa’Brong pa
  • Survey expedition: HTCE
  • Survey date: June 15, 2002
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS VI, HAS D1
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General site characteristics

The isolated pillar of Horduk DoringHor dug rdo ring is located on the north side of the great salt lake Ngangla RingtsoNgang la ring mtsho. Views to the north and east are constrained by a mountain that rises above the lake basin. On the other hand, the vistas south and west are wide open. The terrain is moderately sloping and sandy. The unshaped tabular pillar is 1 m in height and has a basal girth of 1.1 m. The broad sides of this light-colored granite specimen face north and south, as do most tabular pillars in Upper Tibet. Horduk DoringHor dug rdo ring is firmly anchored in the substrate and is strongly weathered. Its function is enigmatic. There are no funerary structural traces in the vicinity and no obvious boundary lands.

The archaic cultural sites documented on the shores of Ngangla RingtsoNgang la ring mtsho (see A-96, B-131, C-114, D-70, and D-129) tend to be less extensive than those that arose at the neighboring lakes of DaroktsoDa rog mtsho and Trari NamtsoBkra ri gnam mtsho. The high elevation and the extreme salinity of its waters are likely to be factors in the retardation of sedentary settlement along the margins of Ngangla RingtsoNgang la ring mtsho. The particularly harsh and barren terrain of the lakeshore must have also discouraged permanent habitation.

Oral tradition

None was collected.


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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