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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

Gokdeu DoringSgog rde’u rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Gokdeu DoringSgog rde’u rdo ring
  • English equivalent: Garlic Hill Long-stone (?)
  • Site number: C-34
  • Site typology: II.1a
  • Elevation: 4670 m
  • Administrative location (township): DazhungZla gzhung
  • Administrative location (county): TsochenMtsho chen
  • Survey expedition: HTCE
  • Survey date: June 19, 2002
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS VII
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General site characteristics

Gokdeu DoringSgog rde’u rdo ring is located on the northeast side of Dawa TsoZla ba mtsho (Moon lake). As the name suggests, the site is found on an eminence, which is situated in the midst of the mostly marshy lake basin. Gokdeu DoringSgog rde’u rdo ring is so located that it occupies the middle of the Dawa TsoZla ba mtsho basin and enjoys a 360° panorama. To the north is the important sacred mountain known as Shel GangchamShel gangs lcam.177 Also in view to the northeast is the local territorial deity (yüllhayul lha) YaktsangG.yag tshang, a reddish ridge. The terrain around the standing stone is well drained and sandy. The lone pillar is made of a light gray volcanic rock that has turned red in places due to weathering processes. This well-formed pillar (1.7 m [height] by 1.3 m [basal girth]) has each of its faces oriented in the cardinal directions. Gokdeu DoringSgog rde’u rdo ring tilts slightly to the west.

Oral tradition

According to local sources, Gokdeu DoringSgog rde’u rdo ring magically arose in primordial times. It is also associated with the LhandréLha ’dre spirits and thought to be dangerous if disturbed.


[177] For cultural lore about this mountain see John Vincent Bellezza, Calling Down the Gods: Spirit-Mediums, Sacred Mountains and Related Bon Textual Traditions in Upper Tibet. Tibetan Studies Library no. 8 (Leiden: Brill, 2005), 80, 298.

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

Bibliographic Citation

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