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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

Trachap DoringKhra chab rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Trachap DoringKhra chab rdo ring
  • Site number: C-42
  • Site typology: II.1a
  • Elevation: 4560 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
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General site characteristics

Trachap DoringKhra chab rdo ring is located in the wide valley bottom of TrachapKhra chab, in the PenchéPhan che region. The site is open up (north) and down (south) the valley, and has a more closed aspect in the east and west directions. The terrain is level, well drained and gravelly. Trachap DoringKhra chab rdo ring consists of a single gray and pink four-sided granite pillar.

Oral tradition

According to local drokpa’brog pa, Trachap DoringKhra chab rdo ring appeared with the emergence of primordial existence. It is also said to be in the possession of a local territorial deity (yüllhayul lha), DrupwaBrub ba (sp.?). The pillar is considered potentially harmful (ka nyenpobka’ gnyan po) and no religious rituals take place here.

Site elements

Each of its four sides of the pillar (1.1 m [height] by 1 m [basal girth]) is aligned in the cardinal directions. The pillar is slightly inclined to the south. In close proximity there are three pieces of gray granite (35 cm, 50 cm and 70 cm long), which may have been part of other pillars at one time. Between 50 cm and 1.4 m from the pillar, four granite slabs (around 15 cm long) are embedded edgewise into the ground. These stones must be the remains of a slab-wall structure.

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

Bibliographic Citation

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