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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

Genmo DeumburRgan mo rde’u ’bur

Basic site data

  • Site name: Genmo DeumburRgan mo rde’u ’bur
  • English equivalent: Old Woman Hill
  • Site number: D-102
  • Site typology: II.2d
  • Elevation: 4360 m
  • Administrative location (township): Damzhung’Dam gzhung
  • Administrative location (county): Damzhung’Dam gzhung
  • Survey expedition: HTWE
  • Survey date: May 6, 2004
  • Contemporary usage: None.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS IX
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General site characteristics

Genmo DeumburRgan mo rde’u ’bur is located on the west side of the Khangmar ChuKhang dmar chu, in between the new monastic complex and the old Mani LhakhangMa ṇi lha khang of Khangmar GönpaKhang dmar dgon pa. The site has commanding views of the expansive Dam’Dam basin. The two bangsobang so of this site are situated about 20 m higher in elevation than the monastic facilities. These funerary mounds are the same type as those found at KyelungSkye lung and LungsumLung gsum (D-4) DeurukRde’u rug (D-99), NyaNya (D-100), and Chumik Do LatséChu mig mdo la btsas (D-103). The turf- and dramagra ma- covered structures of Genmo DeumburRgan mo rde’u ’bur have not been disturbed in recent years.

Oral tradition

For the inmates of KhangmarKhang dmar monastery, the identity of Genmo Deumburrgan mo rde’u ’bur is a matter of speculation.

Site elements

Funerary Structure FS1

Funerary structure FS1 is situated in a small amphitheatre about one-half km upstream of where the Khangmar ChuKhang dmar chu debouches into the Dam’Dam basin (30° 35.604΄ N. lat. / 91° 13.459΄ E. long.). FS1 appears to be aligned in the cardinal directions, and measures 27 m (north-south) by 17 m (east-west). Its uphill flank is elevated around 2.5 m and its downhill flank rises around 4.5 m above the slope.

Funerary Structure FS2

Funerary structure FS2 (7 m by 7 m) is a much smaller funerary structure constructed on a fairly steep slope. The uphill flank of FS1 is elevated about 1 m above the slope while its downhill flank is elevated about 2.5 m above the adjoining terrain. It is possible that other small funerary structures are found in the vicinity but they have become too integrated in the naturally rolling terrain to positively identify using visual means.


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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