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Stucco Images on Leh Stupas

Stucco Images on Leh Stupas

Winged horses, lions, peacocks, swans. Curious group of monuments in nearby town: Maltese crosses with inscriptions; writing was found to be Sogdian. Possibly made by Nestorian Christians during 8-10th century AD when Nestorian colonies were common throughout central Asia.

Barrows seen by expedition in Mongolia, eighteen large and six smaller ones. They had stone cairns on their tops and were surrounded by concentric rings of stone slabs. (From Trails to Ancient Asia.)

Ancient Leh graves excavated by missionaries, found to have subterranean crypts, handmade pottery, beads, small bronze objects, etc; "Some of the pots were filled with human bones. This fact seems to indicate that the people who built these graves were in the habit of cutting up the body and depositing the bones and flesh in jars." Graves are believed to be Dard, but this is not proven. The locals call them nomad graves.

At Do-ring, thirty miles south of the great salt lake of Pang-gong tsho-cha, are megalithic alignments - eighteen rows of erect stone slabs, each running west to east, with at its western end a cromlech or stone circle made from several menhirs standing in a circle. (Stone alignments at Carnac in Brittany are arranged exactly like this - east-west lines with circles at the western ends.) At the eastern end of the alignment is an arrow of stone slabs, pointing toward the alignment. The arrow is also a sign of King Kesar. Butter libations were seen in the cromlechs. The great pilgrim route to Mount Kailasa runs south of the Great Lakes and also runs to the sacred places along the Nepalese border; the company is traveling through the midst of the Lakes, just north of Lhasa. Further along are another group of megaliths - three menhirs with stone slabs in a square around them, and also several graves, enclosed by stones arranged in a square; each grave runs east-west, with a boulder at the eastern end. Nearby, bronze arrowheads litter the ground. (From Trails to Inmost Asia.)

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