National Geographic : 1961 Aug
en set out food and then squatted down. The bonzes ate at the other side of the hall; then they turned toward the women and chanted a prayer-for the people who had brought food, for their families, and for the fish they had eaten, wishing the fish a better life in the next incarnation. In the evening I went to the movies-out doors in Ban Mai, 10 miles west of Vientiane. 248 That was as far as one might go with reason able safety. A Lao Army officer drove me and Everet Bumgardner, of the U. S. Infor mation Service. "We have 100 portable projectors with generators for showing our films in the vil lages," Bumgardner said. "In the mountains we left projectors for use by the villagers, and the Army drops films by parachute."