National Geographic : 1955 Jul
© National Geographic Society + A Saint's Tomb Straddles the Way to Lhasa, Mecca of Lamaism Lhasa's life ebbs and flows through this arch, the passage by which Mr. Harrer first entered the holy city (page 3). The chorten symbolizes the ancients' five elements of the universe. The square base repre sents earth; the dome, water; the golden spire, fire; the crescent moon, air; and the crowning circle, ether. Kodachromes by Heinrich Harrer + Clouds of Dust and Incense Veil the Dalai Lama's Flight to Safety When Red China's troops entered Tibet in 1950, the Living Buddha fled to the Sikkim border. Here in a sedan chair he rides between rows of stones designed to ward off demons. + Monks, helmeted like Roman warriors, greet the caravan with prayer flags and good-luck banners.