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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.2. Superficial structures: Primarily funerary superstructure

SechungSe chung

Basic site data

  • Site name: SechungSe chung
  • Site number: D-63
  • Site typology: II.2x
  • Elevation: 4390 m
  • Administrative location (township): MöntserMon ’tsher
  • Administrative location (county): GarSgar
  • Survey expedition: HTCE
  • Survey date: May 11, 2002
  • Contemporary usage: None
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS V, UTRS X, HAS C3
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General site characteristics

According to the monks of PretapuriPre ta pu ri, two wooden coffins with human remains were discovered near SechungSe chung. These coffins occupied a large recess in an earthen bluff that rises above a wash. This site is situated is a zone of dissected tablelands located between the Kandé ChuDkar ’ded chu and two hills known as Ri LhunpoRi lhun po and SechungSe chung. At the time of the survey, it was discovered that the hole ostensibly containing the coffins had caved in. No structural evidence associated with burials is visible on the surface. The use of wooden coffins seems to point to a different culture and/or period than that associated with the “MönMon” cist burials.

In the last 25 to 35 years, the Ali TangkhaA li thang kha plain, which is bounded by the Kandé ChuDkar ’ded chu, has been brought back into cultivation. Farmers of this locale report that corpses of the “MönMon” have been unearthed during plowing. Ali TangkhaA li thang kha is part of MöntserMon ’tsher (Abandoned MönMon Lands), a region of western Tibet well known for its so-called MönMon legacy.


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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