National Geographic : 1960 Jan
KODACHROMEBY JOHN M. KESHISHIAN, M.D. () N.G.S. a halt in Muong Sing for lunch. Foothills of Communist China rise seven miles away over a fire, and the markings become im printed in brown and white on the bamboo. The skill required for this work is such that the first words imprinted are the name of the artist and his village. Below is a series of checkerboard squares, marked with the days of the week. Groupings of dots in the squares give guidance to travelers: warnings of danger, predictions of happiness, and other prophecies. We have a collection of these horoscope canes given us by our Lao friends. But from them we can make few predictions either for ourselves or for Laos. We can only hope for the freedom and peaceful progress of this little nation squeezed in a corner of Southeast Asia.