Definition of mendang in English:

mendang

(also mendong, mendoṅ, mendung)

Pronunciation /mɛnˈdaŋ/

noun

  • In Tibet, south-western China: a wall in which are inlaid or incorporated flat stones bearing sacred texts, prayers, or images.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Joseph Hooker (1817–1911), botanist. Origin uncertain. Perhaps a misunderstanding of a Tibetan phrase; the element men- may represent Tibetan máṇi.