This area was named after Dzörgé Dzöpa Gendün (mdzod dge mdzod pa dge ’dun; Dzögé in Standard Tibetan pronunciation), who once ruled it. He descended from Ga Yeshé Dargyé (dga’ ye shes dar rgyas), a minister of King Tri Relpachen (khri ral pa can), who was sent to collect taxes. When this minister came to the area he decided to settle down and raise livestock because the grassland was so lush and uninhabited. He had two sons, Gatak Tupchen (dga’ stag thub can) and Gachang Tupchen (dga’ spyang thub can). Dzöpa Gendün (mdzod pa dge ’dun) was a son of Gatak Tupchen. Gachang Tupchen’s descendants ruled Lower Dzörgé (mdzod dge smad), also known as Dzörgé Mewo (mdzod dge dme bo). It’s said that the ruling family of Choné (co ne) descended from Gachang Tupchen.
Now there are three major communities (tso sde) that have Dzörgé in their names. They are the Twelve Divisions of Dzörgé (mdzod dge shog pa bcu gnyis), Dzörgé Nyima (mdzod dge nyi ma), and Lower Dzörgé (mdzod dge smad ma). They all can trace back their ancestral roots to Ga Yeshé Dargyé.
Hortsang Jikmé (hor gtsang ’jigs med) says that Kirti Monastery ruled Khagya (kha gya), Böro (’bos ro), Jangtsa (skyang tsha; Kyangtsa in Standard Tibetan pronunciation), Dringwa (’bring ba), Zaru (gza’ ru), and Tsongru (tshong ru), which are part of the Twelve Divisions of Dzörgé.
Hor gtsang ’jigs med. Mdo smad lo rgyus chen mo las sde tsho’i skor glegs bam dang bo [The First Volume of Communities and Tsowa (sde tsho) in The Greater History of Amdo]. Dharamsala, India: Library of Tibetan Works & Archives, 2009, 208-331.
Feature Type Historical Polity