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by John Vincent Bellezza
Edited by Geoffrey Barstow, Mickey Stockwell and Michael White
Tibetan & Himalayan Library
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Oral tradition

In the GertséSger rtse region there are four common oral traditions connected to the Doringrdo ring of Chupur DopurChu phur rdo phur:

  1. They represent a monument that appeared with the emergence of existence.
  2. They are where the GertséSger rtse territorial deity (yüllhayul lha) A Mar Rolpa KyadünA dmar rol pa rkya bdun/A Mar Rolpa KyadünA dmar rol pa skya bdun tied his dogs and wolves.244
  3. They are a magical earth subduing and rain attracting instrument.
  4. They are burial monuments built by the ancient MönMon/mönpaMon pa.

According to a well-respected former leader of GertséSger rtse, Könchok GyeltsenDkon mchog rgyal mtshan of the GertséSger rtse clan (born in the early 1920s), human bones have washed out from the gullies below the site. He is under the impression that Chupur DopurChu phur rdo phuris a MönMon funerary site and that under each of the standing stones there are the remains of a single individual. When he was a youth, Könchok GyeltsenDkon mchog rgyal mtshan’s contemporaries were prevented by local Tibetan authorities from digging in the vicinity of Chupur DopurChu phur rdo phur, lest they disturb the integrity of the site. According to Ozang Drodong’O bzang gro gdong (born year of the Pig, circa 1923), in ancient times the local sacred mountain, A Mar Rolpa KyadünA dmar rol pa rkya bdun, belonged to the MönMon, who lived in the Chupur DopurChu phur rdo phur vicinity. They erected the standing stones and other structures as their burial monuments. These MönMon practiced an unvirtuous (nakchoknag phyogs) religion. When the epic hero GesarGe sar, came to the area he wrested the site from A Mar Rolpa KyadünA dmar rol pa rkya bdun by destroying his headstone (wudodbu rdo) on the summit of Chupur DopurChu phur rdo phur with a lightning strike. From that time, this mountain god became a virtuous Buddhist deity. According to a male HarshuHar shu clan informant (born year of the Tiger, circa 1927) (and other elders of the region), the religion of the ancient MönMon of GertséSger rtse was “black” BönBon.


[244] For more information on this mountain god see Bellezza, Calling Down the Gods, 18, 101, 145, 287, 295–298.

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

Bibliographic Citation

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