Tibetan and Himalayan Library - THL

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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

Drama Nakgu DoringGra ma nag gu rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Drama Nakgu DoringGra ma nag gu rdo ring
  • English equivalent: Black Drama Long-stones
  • Site number: C-88
  • Site typology: II.1b
  • Elevation: 4650 m
  • Administrative location (township): HorpaHor pa
  • Administrative location (county): Drongpa’Brong pa
  • Survey expedition: UTAE
  • Survey date: April 17, 2001
  • Contemporary usage: None.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS XI, HAS C5
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General site characteristics

The highly degraded Drama Nakgu DoringGra ma nag gu rdo ring is located on the northern edge of the broad Yarlung TsangpoYar lung gtsang po valley, near where the NeutsangpoNe’u gtsang po (a major tributary) debouches into it. The terrain is very sandy and studded with dramagra ma brush and grasses. The site has open views only in the south and east. The sandy ridge on which Drama Nakgu DoringGra ma nag gu rdo ring was built, cuts off the northern and western vistas. There are nine much eroded standing stones at the site, seven or eight of which are broken. Two or three types of beige and gray metamorphic rocks were employed in construction of the monument.

Oral tradition

Like other sites of this typology in the general region (upper Yarlung TsangpoYar lung gtsang po drainage basin), Drama Nakgu DoringGra ma nag gu rdo ring is ascribed to the ancient MönMon or elemental deities.

Site elements


The general configuration of the enclosure is discernable through the few remaining in situ stones of the walls. The most visible wall section is in the north, next to the pillars. Much of this wall, however, has been dislodged or engulfed by shifting sands and vegetation.


Seven of the nine uncut stelae form a north-south oriented row 4 m in length. The other two stelae run in a perpendicular fashion near the fragmentary north wall of the enclosure. The tallest pillar is tabular (1 m [height] by 1 m [basal girth] by 20 cm [thickness]). The thin edges of this pillar face in the southeast and northwest directions. The second tallest pillar measures 60 cm by 90 cm. The remaining specimens are significantly smaller. There is also an uprooted pillar 1.7 m in length at the site.


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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