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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

Donak DoringRdo nag rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Donak DoringRdo nag rdo ring
  • English equivalent: Black Rock Long-stones
  • Site number: C-41
  • Site typology: II.1a
  • Elevation: 4590 m
  • Administrative location (township): DazhungZla gzhung
  • Administrative location (county): TsochenMtsho chen
  • Survey expedition: HTWE
  • Survey date: June 16, 2004
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS VII
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General site characteristics

Donak DoringRdo nag rdo ring is located just east of a dark-colored rocky formation known as DonakRdo nag. DonakRdo nag sits on the eastern edge of the huge Drapyé TsakhaGrab ye tshwa kha basin. A low saddle to the east admits morning sunlight between the summits of DonakRdo nag. The view to the west is extremely encompassing. The terrain is sandy and gently declines in a westerly direction. Donak DoringRdo nag rdo ring consists of two dark gray irregularly shaped pillars spaced 1 m apart. The pillars measure 70 cm (height) by 85 cm (basal girth) and 40 cm by 70 cm. These standing stones are heavily worn and are naturally polished, probably through the action of blowing sand. A few loose stones are scattered around the pillars.

Oral tradition

According to local sources, Donak DoringRdo nag rdo ring was erected by the ancient MönMon.

Affiliated sites

It is reported that there are two sites with superficial structures in the same general area as Donak DoringRdo nag rdo ring. These structures are associated with the ancient MönMon. There are supposed to be two of these at a locale called GyapraRgyab ra, and others on the southern margin of the Drapyé TsakhaGrab ye tshwa kha basin at a place known as BakdoBag rdo (sp.?).

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

Bibliographic Citation

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