1936 - 1937 Mission Diary

The official diary of the Gould mission to Lhasa sent by the British government. Read more about the mission diary.

November 29th, Sunday.

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In the afternoon several of us crossed the Kyi Chu by an ancient and dangerously leaky ferry and rode out to explore six or seven miles a ruined fort to the West of Lhasa.

In the very heart of the ruin we found a secret temple of the Bon religion, a pre-Buddhist form of devil-worship. In an outer room was a collection of animals crudely stuffed with straw and suspended from the ceiling. They included a dog, a sheep, a snow leopard, a musk-deer, a gazzle, and a shau (Sikkim stag). In an inner room, so obviously in recent use that we thought a monk was actually hiding there, were devil-traps and a variety of hideous images.

In the evening we listened to Gould's talk on the traderoutes of Sikkim and Tibet, which was being broadcast from Delhi.

Author: Frederick Spencer Chapman [see handwritten annotations in Diary by Hugh Richardson in MS. Or. Richardson 2, Bodleian Libary, Department of Oriental Collections, University of Oxford]

Page Reference: Pt X p.1

Evan Nepean by Kyichu


Evan Nepean by Kyichu

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