Religion: Godless Country

Lamaism, faith of 3,000,000 Tibetans, 7,000,000 Mongols and other races in Central Asia, is a form of Buddhism, brought from India through the snow-swept passes of the Himalayas in the 7th Century. Lamaists believe in numerous divine incarnations, chief of which are—1) the Dalai Lama, temporal master of Tibet and "Buddha of Mercy," 2) His Serenity the Panchen or Tashi Lama, spiritual leader and "Buddha of Boundless Light."

For nine months plus 149 days (the period a soul spends in purgatory) after the death of a Grand Lama, priests throughout the fastnesses of...

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