Religion: Panchen Lama Discovered

In bleak, remote northwestern China a button-eyed boy named Tuteng Tueh-chi was solemnly examined by Chinese officials from Chungking. They investigated tales of signs and portents which had supposedly attended his birth three years ago. Finally they were satisfied that he was indeed the reincarnation of a round-bellied little man who had died shortly before the youngster was born. And last week they told the world that the little boy is the Panchen or Tashi Lama, Buddha of Boundless Light and spiritual ruler of 10,000,000 rancid Tibetans and Mongolians.

Not since 1924 has Tibet seen a Panchen Lama in the flesh. In...

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