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A Survey of Bonpo Monasteries
by Dondrup Lhagyal, Phuntso Tsering Sharyul, Tsering Thar, Charles Ramble and Marietta Kind
Edited by Samten G. Karmay and Yasuhiko Nagano
National Museum of Ethnology and THL
Reproduced with permission from the authors
under the THL Digital Text License.

Bonpo temples in sTong che

(129) ’Brog ru’i dPon tshang Tent Temple

sTong che is a long valley of Khri ka County. There are a lot of tribes in the valley and they were originally nomads. In the past, these tribes were grouped into two parts. Some of them who remain in the valley became farmers, other who still have kept animals are of course nomads. The latter moved to Mu ge thang pasture, about two hundred km west of sTong che valley, and it is administratively belongs to Guinan County instead of Khri ka today. In local dialect, the two communities are referred to as ru yul ’brog, ‘nomads and farmers.’

dPon tshang is the family of the chieftain of the community in the valley. The family also has a nomadic part with the same name on Mu ge thang pasture. Its Tent Temple, called ’Brog ru’i dPon tshang Tshogs ras, is usually kept in Mu ge thang.

The Tent Temple of ’Brog ru’i dpon tshang and that of Bon brgya are the two largest ones in Amdo. Unfortunately I have not been able get any information regarding the history of the Tent Temple of Brog ru’i dPon tshang and the dates of its annual rituals, because the people were scattered all over the place in their pasture land when I undertook fieldwork and celebration of their rituals did not coincide with my visit to this place.

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Note Citation for Page

Dondrup Lhagyal, Phuntso Tsering Sharyul, Tsering Thar, Charles Ramble, and Marietta Kind, A Survey of Bonpo Monasteries and Temples in Tibet and the Himalaya (Osaka: National Museum of Ethnology, 2003), .

Bibliographic Citation

Dondrup Lhagyal, Phuntso Tsering Sharyul, Tsering Thar, Charles Ramble, and Marietta Kind. A Survey of Bonpo Monasteries and Temples in Tibet and the Himalaya. Osaka: National Museum of Ethnology, 2003.