National Geographic : 1932 Feb
Photographs by Owen Lattimore A DISPENSER OF "FIRE WATER" In the main street of the frontier town of Taoan, this Chinese boy carries a "flask," made of oiled paper, full of shao-chiu-raw,potent, grain alcohol, derived from kaoliang. The container is corked with a corncob. This liquor is an important article of Chinese trade with the Mongols. A "MEDICINE MAN" OF THE FISHSKIN TATARS The shaman, with hornedheaddress, keeps off the attack of evil spirits with a spear, the shaft of which iscovered with the skin of alarge snake. His "medicine" is somethinglike that ofthe American Indian (see, also, text, page 129, and illustration, page II6).