National Geographic : 1955 Jul
© National Geographic Society 28 Kodachromes by Heinrich Harrer Cabinet Ministers Mount Caparisoned Steeds to Ride Through the Streets of Lhasa Soon after his arrival in the capital, the author paid his first courtesy call on Tibet's grand cabinet-a monk and three laymen. Surkhang Shape (above, mounting), youngest of the ministers, greeted Mr. Harrer and Mr. Aufschnaiter like old friends and spread a lavish dinner for them. The venerable monk-minister Rampa (below, right) sounded out their views on international affairs. A herald clears the streets when any of the foursome appears in public. Six servants escort each man. All other riders must dismount and salute. Pedestrians bare their heads and stick out tongues as a mark of respect.