Tibetan and Himalayan Library - THL

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

Drakbuk DoringBrag sbug rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Drakbuk DoringBrag sbug rdo ring
  • English equivalent: Rook Nook Long-stones
  • Site number: C-134
  • Site typology: II.1b
  • Elevation: 4580 m
  • Administrative location (township): MamikMa mig
  • Administrative location (county): GertséSger rtse
  • Survey expedition: HTWE
  • Survey date: June 20, 2004
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS VII, HAS A3
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General site characteristics

Drakbuk DoringBrag sbug rdo ring is located in the PenchéPhan che region on the south side of the Somé TsangpoBso med gtsang po valley. The views east and north are wide open, while the views west and south are much more constrained. The terrain is level, open, sandy and turf-spotted. Drakbuk DoringBrag sbug rdo ring consists of two walled pillars, the entire monument being made of blue limestone.

Oral tradition

According to the local drokpa’Brog pa, Drakbuk DoringBrag sbug rdo ring is an ancient site.

Site elements


The enclosure is generally aligned in the intermediate directions, and measures 9.6 m (northwest-southeast) by 4.3 m (northeast-southwest). The double-course perimeter walls (50 cm to 60 cm thick) are mostly comprised of smaller uncut pieces of limestone (10 cm to 45 cm long). These stones are flush with the ground surface or are elevated above it to a maximum height of 30 cm. There are also a few slabs that were laid flat on the ground near the south corner of the enclosure. The southeast wall of the enclosure is largely intact and the other walls are partially so. There is possibly an opening (around 30 cm wide) in the southeast wall. This apparent opening is situated 1.65 m and 2.6 m from the corners of the enclosure.


The main pillar is well centered in between the longer walls of the enclosure. This irregularly shaped tabular pillar (90 cm [height] by 1.3 m [basal girth]) is planted 70 cm from the inner edge of the northwest wall. The broad sides of this pillar are oriented parallel to the long walls of the enclosure. Orange climax lichen grows on the north side of the main pillar and there are brown encrustations on this side of the standing stone as well. Near the west corner of the enclosure there is a much smaller irregularly shaped pillar (30 cm by 70 cm).


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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