The Dokham Homepage
A website dedicated to easten
known as Dokham (mdo khams) in Tibetan
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Dokham (mdo khams) -
The Eastern Part of the Tibetan Plateau
The regions east and northeast of the Lhasa-dominated areas are called Do-Kham (mdo khams). Amdo and Kham are generally considered to be the two Tibetan ‘provinces’ that make up eastern Tibet. These ‘provinces’ are seen from a Lhasa perspective as extending as far as the foot of the mountain ranges that frame the Tibetan Highland to the north and east, i.e. the geographical boundaries of the plateau.
Generally speaking, the Amdo region comprises all those areas which are situated fully within the precincts of the Ma Chu River drainage area - as the upper reaches of the Yellow river are called in Tibetan. Most of those regions belong to the present-day Chinese province of Qinghai. We may consider the watershed between Ma Chu and Dri Chu (Tibetan name of the upper reaches of the Yangtse river) to be Amdo’s natural boundary in the south. To the West extend the ...
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The Kham (khams) area of the Tibetan Highland is mostly taken as one of the two Tibetan „provinces“ constituting the „East of Tibet“, with the other one being named Amdo. This interpretation is derived from the Tibetan term mdo-khams which is found in Tibetan and Chinese sources starting from the Mongol-Chinese Yuan dynasty (1274-1368). Although even in 1902 the designation of khams itself is explained as the“n[ame] of the easternmost districts of Tibet, embracing some dozen semi-independent petty states, about half of which own allegiance to Lhasa, and the rest give joint allegiance to both China and Lhasa“ (op. cit. Sarat Chandra Das),the general Western public of the late 20th century seems to take Kham as an administrative province of Old Tibet. Yet, the whole of southeastern Tibet, comprising a multitude of petty states and both Lhasa-related and Chinese-controlled districts, was either called Dome (mdo-smad) or Kham, both being “a vague geographical term without definite political significance“ (Teichman).