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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

According to drokpa’brog pa of the north shore of NamtsoGnam mtsho, the ruins on top of the pyramidal formation at Tamchok Ngangpa DoRta mchog ngang pa do are that of an important ancient BönBon temple or monastery.250 The similarly pronounced toponyms TachokRta mchog (excellent horse) and TachokRta chog (horse ear) are inseparably linked in the sacred geography of the headland.251 The horse referred to is a mythic racehorse or wind horse (lungtalung rta) associated with the sacred geography of Tamchok Ngangpa DoRta mchog ngang pa do. Other anatomical features of this horse are not well articulated in local conceptions about Tamchok Ngangpa DoRta mchog ngang pa do.


[250] I have suggested that the fantastic pyramids or cones of dried earth that the so-called pundit Kishen Singh discovered at Jador (JadoBya do) (also on the north shore of NamtsoGnam mtsho) actually refer to the pyramidal rock formations of Tamchok Ngangpa DoRta mchog ngang pa do. In the account of Kishen Singh’s 1872 journey to the region, compiled by Lt. Colonel T. G. Montgomery, it notes that one of the supposed pyramids had an opening in the center, which was used by an ancient saint upon his death to ascend to heaven. The central passageway so described and the conical or pyramidal form of the structure certainly recalls the “horse’s ears” of Tamchok Ngangpa DoRta mchog ngang pa do. See Bellezza, Divine Dyads, 251-252,262. What is clear from the present author’s acquaintance with the NamtsoGnam mtsho region (spanning more than two decades) is that there are no giant manmade pyramids to be found there.
[251] This phonetic and semantic convergence is discussed in Bellezza, Divine Dyads, 284 (n. 32).

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

Bibliographic Citation

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