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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

DoringRdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: DoringRdo ring
  • English equivalent: Long-stones
  • Site number: C-38
  • Site typology: II.1a
  • Elevation: 4700 m
  • Administrative location (township): ZhungméGzhung smad
  • Administrative location (county): ShentsaShan rtsa
  • Survey expedition: HTCE
  • Survey date: September 29, 2002
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS IX
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General site characteristics

DoringRdo ring (pronounced locally as dorangrdo rang) is located near the northeast shore of Gomang TsoSgo mang mtsho. The terrain is almost level, well drained and turf covered. This uniquely designed site is dominated by two parallel rows of upright stones, which extend for 67 m. It seems likely that DoringRdo ring represents a variant type of archaic funerary monument. It possesses structural features of both isolated pillars and slab wall sites.

Oral tradition

According to local drokpa’brog pa, DoringRdo ring was an ancient MönMon site.

Site elements

The two rows of pillars are oriented northwest-southeast, and stand 4.2 m to 4.7 m from one another. Unfortunately, the integrity of the site was recently compromised when stones were extracted in order to line the edge of the neighboring road. Near the northwest end of the site many stones are now missing, making an analysis of the morphological characteristics of DoringRdo ring difficult. It is possible that there were more than two rows of upright stones at the northwest end of the site. The two extant rows consist of uncut light-colored granite and limestone slabs and blocks (20 cm to 90 cm long) embedded in the ground edgewise. These stones are flush with the ground surface or are elevated above it to a maximum height of 25 cm. The only exceptions are a few more prominently elevated stones in the middle portion of the east wall. These taller stones are dominated by a firmly planted pillar-like granite boulder (1 m [height] by 1.4 m [basal girth]). On the southeast end of DoringRdo ring there are traces of a single line of upright stones bisecting the two main rows of stones.

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

Bibliographic Citation

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