National Geographic : 1946 Mar
Gifts from Pilgrims for Special Services and Chanting at Funeral Ceremonies Are Big Business on Puto Here the chief abbot of the Monastery of the Timely Rain, or Northern Monastery, followed and flanked by priests, returns from an act of veneration before the picture and shrine of the "Island Superior," who had just died (pages 374, 379). According to Buddhist theology, he has departed for endless bliss inthe Western Para dise. Abbots rule their monasteries with absolute power. They may punish monks by flogging for "acting with unseemly levity" (page 383).