ISBN-10: 1290320497

ISBN-13: 9781290320498

ISBN-10: 1354308425

ISBN-13: 9781354308424

This quantity is from 1921 and is a private memoir of a scientific missionary operating in Tibet; comprises many desirable tales approximately his studies in facing the customs, tradition and superstitions of the Tibetan humans.

Some excerpts from the booklet:
After a number of days spent at Batang, we begun on our
return trip, traveling in a short time simply because we did
not desire to depart the ladies on my own at Tachienlu for too
great size of time. We acquired on good until eventually we reached
Litang, which used to be 13 thousand 200 ft
above sea point, and that's so excessive that neither barley
nor wheat will mature, and the rustic around approximately is
entirely given over to grazing and to the showering of
gold that is present in enormous amounts alongside the
banks of the shallow streams.

After our arrival there has been a very good snowstorm and we
were snowed in for 2 days. the homes have been very
low, badly excavated and badly equipped with sod above the
surface point. The fires are of yak dung and a few wooden,
which is introduced from a substantial distance. The
chimney is a specific thing approximately which they don't hassle.
As a end result the smoke is incredibly frustrating, and
sore eyes are very conventional one of the Tibetans.

It was once very unlikely for Mr. Ogden and me to suffer
this smoke; ultimately we succeeded in securing a small
quantity of charcoal with which to maintain ourselves hot.
We had supplied ourselves ahead of leaving Tachienlu
with sheepskin clothing, so we weren't tremendously incon-
venienced.
...............................................................................

Just the day earlier than we left Tachienlu for Batang,
a guy had are available in to determine me, with an exceptional row of
enlarged glands round his neck and had requested
me to take away them. He had come from Lichang within the
Province of Yunnan, a few twenty-five days to the south
west, for the specific goal of getting me function on
him. Arriving as he did, simply as we have been departing for
Batang, it was once most unlikely to function simply because a lot of my
instruments and provides had long gone on. I advised him that it
would be most unlikely to take care of him now yet that if he
could come on miles to Batang, i'd be
glad to keep up him. He acknowledged he could yet I hardly ever
expected it. besides the fact that, we have been in Batang merely
days while he arrived and insisted that he was once prepared for
the operation. We had no longer had time to unpack or in
any technique to arrange for taking good care of the in poor health, yet I had
promised him that i might look after him once
he got here to Batang. So there has been not anything else to do
except to unpack the containers containing the tools
and do the easiest lets.

It is usually a mistake between those superstitious, in
credulous humans to do issues at the back of closed doorways, be-
cause every type of news get out. In Tachienlu i used to be
greatly questioned for a very long time as to why, while i might
go in the street, young children may see me and take
to their heels and not cease until they have been thoroughly inside of
their personal doorways. Upon inquiry, we discovered that they
were informed, and it used to be believed through many folks, that we
would trap kids and take out their livers and eyes
and use them for drugs.
..............................................................................

Another customized that they've in treating the ailing is
to by no means let them sleep. Day and evening a few one
will take a seat beside the individual that is unwell, and he finally
becomes nearly useless for loss of sleep, yet he'll be
roused, caught with a pin or in another demeanour roused
again to wakefulness. they believe that if someone is
allowed to fall asleep he would possibly not get up back, and it
is with the best trouble that they are often confident,
and occasionally by no means, that sleep is a truly beneficial
thing for someone who's unwell.

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