National Geographic : 1955 Jul
© National Geographic Society + Noble Ladies Plait Antlered Tiaras amid Twin Peaks of False Hair Twenty-one-year old Yangchenla Tsarong (far left) and her husband befriended the author soon after he reached Lhasa. One of their four children became head of an important monastery at the age of three (page 32). Custom frowns on bareheaded women in Tibet. + Dalai Lama's Mother and Sister Defy Convention with Western Glasses Dekyi Tshering (right), once a humble farm wife, rose to awesome position as Tibet's '"Great Mother" when her son became Dalai Lama in 1940. She and her daughter wear brocade hats fringed with silk. Eye glasses were taboo in the god-king's presence.