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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

DomilangRdo mi lang

Basic site data

  • Site name: DomilangRdo mi lang
  • English equivalent: Standing Man Stone
  • Site number: C-133
  • Site typology: II.1b
  • Elevation: 4610 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

DomilangRdo mi lang is located on the western edge of a basin. The longest vista is in the east, while the view to the west is hemmed in by a closely bound ridge. The terrain is level, well drained and sandy. The site consists of a single pillar erected inside an enclosure. Although this monument has geographic and morphological traits associated with walled pillars, only ill-defined vestiges of the enclosure are still visible. It is reported that a Chinese military patrol camped at DomilangRdo mi lang in 1959 and removed stones from the enclosure.

Oral tradition

It is said by local sources that DomilangRdo mi lang was named for its resemblance to a standing person. Local drokpa’brog pa also report that this site is associated with the ancient MönMon.

Site elements


Very little of the enclosure has endured to the present day. Tiny traces of its south wall run for nearly 5 m, beginning just east of the pillar. The few extant metamorphic (?) stones are around 20 cm in length and are level with the ground surface. These stones are uncut and blocky. There are also a few in situ stones comprising a 1 m long segment of the north wall. These two wall segments appear to be oriented east-west, suggesting that the entire enclosure was aligned in the cardinal directions. The distance between the north wall and south wall fragments is 3.8 m, indicating that this was a smaller example of this enclosure type. There is a double-course slab wall 4.2 m in length situated 6.2 m east of the pillar. This slab wall appears to be quite well centered between the north and south walls of the enclosure. Its relative position indicates that it constituted an interior structural feature of the enclosure. The slab wall is generally oriented east-west, but its course is not perfectly straight. Slabs (10 cm to 30 cm long) inserted into the ground edgewise make up the wall. The slabs project a maximum of 5 cm above the ground surface. Two different types of rock were selected for use as slabs. Some loose stones are scattered in and around the enclosure.


The single pillar appears to stand near what was once the west wall of the enclosure. This pillar seems to have been well centered between the north and south walls of the enclosure. The irregularly shaped blue-gray metamorphic (?) menhir is 90 cm in height and has a basal girth of 1.3 m. The pillar is highly eroded, somewhat discolored, and is gently inclined towards the east.


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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