National Geographic : 1946 Aug
Sky-high in Lama Land C. Suydam Cutting A Gilded Image's Enigmatic Glance Expresses the Mystery of Religion in Tibet Little-known Tibet supports some 3,000,000 people, and one out of every six or eight is a priest. Their Grand Lamas guide a theocratic government. Religion dictates art forms, which follow medieval conventions. This 10-foot head, seen near Shigatse, represents a saint of Buddhism, which in Tibet is known as Lamaism.