INDIA: Haven't We Met?

The grizzled old Buddhist Wizard of Kalimpong specializes in freeing the struggling spirits of the dying. This he accomplishes by sticking a hollow tube down the dying man's throat to provide a spiritual exit; at the same time the Wizard toots a horn made of a human thigh bone. The Wizard might be thought eccentric elsewhere, but not in Kalimpong (pop. 8,800), a zany Indian town straddling a 4,000-foot ridge in the Himalayan foothills.

Via Jelep-la. Tibet is only 30 miles away. For that reason, Kalimpong has collected over the years a number of mystical characters who arrived via Jelep-la...

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