Arrival of a Tibetan Prince in Monyul and Establishment of a Clan

  • Kazuharu Mizuno
  • Lobsang Tenpa
Part of the International Perspectives in Geography book series (IPG, volume 6)


A Tibetan prince in exile arrived in the Monyul region, the land of the Monpa, in the ninth century. He had been ousted by his brothers, became the king of Monyul, and constructed several fortresses there. His subordinates and soldiers also settled in the Monyul region. The master–subordinate relationship established at that time is still active today. Descendants of the king and his family constitute the senior clans in Monyul and those of the subordinates and soldiers make up the junior clans. This chapter also examines the origin of the clans in the Monyul region. The Dirang Monpa and the Sherdukpen in this area have clan systems and the systems play an important role for local communities and land ownership. The focus of this chapter is on the historical processes by which the king’s fortresses (Dzong [rdzong]) were built. It also focuses on the historical formation of the clans in the area of the Dirang Monpa.


Clan Tibet Royal family line King’s fortress Tax collection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kazuharu Mizuno
    • 1
  • Lobsang Tenpa
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Geography Graduate School of LettersKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Institute for South and Central Asian StudiesUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany

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