Tibetan and Himalayan Library - THL

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

Lhalung DoringLha lung rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Lhalung DoringLha lung rdo ring
  • English equivalent: Divine Valley Long-stones
  • Site number: C-33
  • Site typology: II.1a, II.2a
  • Elevation: 4930 m
  • Administrative location (township): KemarSked dmar
  • Administrative location (county): Drongpa’Brong pa
  • Survey expedition: HTCE
  • Survey date: June 16, 2002
  • Contemporary usage: Pastoral activity.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
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General site characteristics

Lhalung DoringLha lung rdo ring is located in the midst of a relatively large pastoral camp. The site is situated on the right side of the LhalungLha lung valley on a rock-strewn shelf above the watercourse. The relatively narrow valley runs east-west and these are the two directions with open views. LhalungLha lung is an effluent of the Bültok TsangpoBul tog gtsang po valley. There are two small pillars and the vestiges of funerary enclosures at the site. Lhalung DoringLha lung rdo ring has been heavily impacted by grazing and the recent construction of corrals. What remains of the monuments is threatened by continued pastoral activities.

Oral tradition

According to local drokpa’brog pa, Lhalung DoringLha lung rdo ring are magically formed primordial stones.

Site elements


The two irregularly shaped pillars are made of a grayish grained rock. These standing stones are highly worn and their surfaces have undergone some change in color. The pillars measure 90 cm (height) by 70 cm (basal girth) and 65 cm by 80 cm. They stand within 30 cm of one another. The tips of both standing stones have been broken.

Outlying funerary structures

Small fragments of funerary superstructures appear to be distributed across the site. These remains are now so degraded that positive identification is not often feasible. Only one enclosure has been spared from utter destruction. It is located 50 m northwest of the two pillars. The single-course rectangular perimeter measures 2.4 m by 1.7 m. Its walls contain stones 20 cm to 40 cm in length, which are mostly even with the ground surface. This enclosure is not oriented in the cardinal directions. Recently, stones have been extracted from this structure and it is in imminent danger of annihilation. Local drokpa’brog pa do not appear to be aware of the identity of this structure. This ignorance about archaeological assets seems to account for much of the contemporary destruction of funerary superstructures in Upper Tibet.


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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