|Research Project on the Sculptural Art of Densatil|
Showing the Interior of the Main Temple of Densatil. Photo by Pietro F.Mele, 1948,
photo©U. von Schroeder.
Until recently the opinion has been held that eighteen memorial stupas, and therefore automatically eighteen stupas with sculptures, were once housed in Densatil but research makes it evident that one must distinguish between memorial stupas with or without a sculptural structure (tashigomang). While the total number of stupas is eighteen, the number of tashigomang is less, namely eight.
Based on textual research, one can name the following former abbots of Densatil for whom memorial stupas with a sculptural structure (tashigomang) were built:
Tragpa tsöngrü (Grags pa brtson ‘grus, 1203-1267)
Rinchen dorje (Rin chen rdo rje, 1218-1280)
Tragpa gyeltsen (Grags pa rgyal mtshan, 1293-1360)
Tragpa sherab (Grags pa shes rab, 1310-1370)
Tragpa jangchub (Grags pa byang chub, 1356-1386)
Pälden zangpo (Dpal ldan bzang po, 1383-1407)
Sönam tragpa (Bsod nams grags pa, 1359-1408)
or Sönam zangpo (Bsod nams bzang po, 1380-1416)
Sönam gyeltsen (Bsod nams rgyal mtshan, 1386-1434)
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