Religion: Baby Lama

Down through the snow-swept passes of Tibet last week drifted reports that yellow-hatted-monks had picked the 14th Dalai Lama, reincarnation of Buddha and successor to the late Ngag-Wang Lobsang Thubden Gya-Tsho, temporal ruler of 3,000,000 Tibetans (TIME, Jan. 1). After weighty examination of sacred books and relics, astrological signs and portents, the monks had come upon a babe in the outskirts of Lhasa, who had been born the night the old Dalai Lama died. The infant into whose body the spirit of the Dalai Lama had supposedly passed was to be left...

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