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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

Migön ChönyiMi mgon chos nyid

Basic site data

  • Site name: Migön ChönyiMi mgon chos nyid
  • English equivalent: Human Protector Essential Reality
  • Site number: D-81
  • Site typology: II.2e
  • Elevation: 4680 m to 4700 m
  • Administrative location (township): DeupoRde’u po
  • Administrative location (county): PelgönDpal mgon
  • Survey expedition: HTCE
  • Survey date: September 21, 2002
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS IX
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General site characteristics

Migön ChönyiMi mgon chos nyid is situated on the lower flanks of an eponymous hill, just above a herder’s village. The east-facing slopes are generally grassy and have a moderate slope gradient. The small terraced funerary structures (20 m² to 60 m²) of the site appear to have sub-rectangular and ovoid forms, while the large specimens (60 m² to 120 m²) are rectangular. These structures are built in the same fashion as other examples of the typology (II.2e) in the far eastern JangtangByang thang. The forward/downhill sides of the structures are prominently elevated above the slope, while rear walls are generally flush with the slope. The two long walls of these flat-topped structures are oriented perpendicular to the axis of the slope. Stones without any discernable pattern or arrangement line the forward flank and sides of each structure. In some specimens there are also clearly delineated rear walls. Most, if not all of the terraced structures of Migön ChönyiMi mgon chos nyid, are free from structural elements situated inside the outer walls. Variable-length (20 cm to 60 cm long) grayish volcanic (?) rocks were used in construction.

Oral tradition

According to villagers of Migön ChönyiMi mgon chos nyid, the south sector of the site was a Buddhist nunnery and the north sector, a Buddhist monastery, both of which were destroyed by the Jungarjun gar Mongols (18th century CE). The NamruGnam ru cultural luminary, Lozang TenpaBlo bzang bstan pa (see fn. 188), is under the impression that Migön ChönyiMi mgon chos nyid was an ancient BönBon residential site destroyed by the Jungarjun gar.

Site elements

Migön ChönyiMi mgon chos nyid is divided into south (14 funerary structures) and north (32 funerary structures) sectors, which are separated from one another by a gravelly slope, approximately 150 m in width. The south sector structures are primarily arrayed in a single row situated at the same elevation. The structures of the north sector are aggregated into several groups at varying elevations. Most of the larger structures are found in the north sector. The forward flanks of the large specimens are elevated as much as 1.5 m above the downhill slope, while the forward flanks of the smaller specimens are elevated up to a height of 1 m. The rear walls are flush with the uphill slope or slightly elevated above it in certain specimens. The largest specimen at Migön ChönyiMi mgon chos nyid (13 m by 9.2 m) has a slight depression in the middle of its top. Perhaps this represents traces of an old excavation. In recent times, Migön ChönyiMi mgon chos nyid does not appear to have been disturbed.


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

Bibliographic Citation

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