National Geographic : 1935 Oct
DEMON POSSESSED TIBETANS AND THEIR INCREDIBLE FEATS © National Geographic Society Autochrome Lumiere by Joseph F. Rock A DEITY MAKES THIS ORACLE STICK OUT HIS TONGUE Garbed in his silken robes, with sword and banner, stands one of the King Sungmas of Tibet men subject to epileptic seizures and supposedly possessed by demons. With open mouth and staring eyes, he is in an early stage of the trance during which the lamas and their flocks believe he becomes the mouthpiece for the powerful spirit Dordje Djrakte. Should he collapse at this stage, he would be thought controlled by an evil influence, instead of his benign patron. Any peasant subject to such seizures may be made a lama and elevated to this queer priesthood.