National Geographic : 1951 May
609 John Abel, Camera Clix Himis Sets Hundreds of Prayer Wheels in Monastery Walls. Pilgrims, Twirling Them, Grind Out Mechanical Pleas toHeaven Carved stones, fluttering flags, and water-turned wheels say prayers automatically, but the recessed cylinders require aflick ofthe hand. These women inshaggy sheepskin cloaks and turquoise headdresses came to see Himis's devil dances (pages 626, 632, and 633). If very devout, they crawled up tothe shrine onhands and knees. If impatient to get the best seats, they walked. One (right) fingers her Buddhist prayer beads.