National Geographic : 1935 Oct
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE © National Geographic Society Autochrome Lumiere by Joseph F. Rock THE GOD CHECHIN MAKES HIM VIOLENT This man, son of a Tongwa bandit chief, is believed by the lamas and members of the Tibetan church to become the mouthpiece of the deity. He is known as the Sungma Balung chii dje. When he dresses in his gorgeous robes, the spirit manifests itself by causing him to go into terrific convulsions. His predecessor killed a lama with a sword while under the same influence. Balung holds a trident in his right hand and, during his fits, he runs up and down shooting off the arrows to banish demons. At some seances these so-called oracles performed seemingly superhuman feats of strength and agility.