National Geographic : 1931 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE I rlvented me from secur ing better photographs of Mount Chana dordje, for it persist ently refused to unveil its hoary head. Later in 1928 I had intended again to visit the Konkaling peaks and once more tried to engage the Muli king's help. This time he was a bit uneasy. Rumor had it in Kulu Monas tery that Drashetsong pen had sent a letter regarding us. The king at the time stoutly de nied having received such a letter and gave me permission to go to the Konkaling plateau. MOUNTAIN GODS ANGRY All arrangements for my third visit had ap parently been made by him. He had detailed a lama to accompany us. I started, going from Kulu to Djago, where the king's sis ter and her husband lived (see Color Plate XVI). But early the A GIANT RHUBARB AT THE FOOT OF MOUNT JAMBEYANG next morning a runner arrived with a letter I rose and stepped into the cold, gray from the king inclosing one received by morn. In a cloudless sky before me rose him from Drashetsongpen. My royal the peerless pyramid of Jambeyang, the friend begged me to desist, for the robber finest mountain my eyes ever beheld. The chief said he had heard of our presence in sky was greenish black. The snowy pyra- Muli, and should we again visit his terri mid was gray, but the apexes of both it and tory he would not listen to the king this Shenrezig suddenly turned a golden yel- time, but would rob and murder us. low, as the sun's rays kissed them. His reason was the obvious displeasure Long after Shenrezig was hidden in of the gods. Shortly after our last trip clouds, the glory of Jambeyang remained around the peaks the wrath of the deities in full view and brought back to mind my was aroused and hailstones descended in last glimpse of the sacred peaks of the such size and quantity as to destroy the Amnyi Machen from Shachii Yimkar. entire barley crop of the Tonyi Besi out On my second journey around the Kon- laws. Knowing their cruelty and deter kaling peaks, in August, we experienced mination, we took the hint, and thus the even worse weather. The summer mon- land of the Konkaling outlaws is again soon had descended in full force and made closed and their mountains remain guarded traveling still more difficult. It also pre- as of yore.