1998.285.247 (Glass negative)
Sir Charles Bell
June 20th 1921
Lhasa > Karmashar Lingka
120 x 163 mm
Negative glass plate gelatin , Negative Half Plate
St Antony's College, Oxford.
Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21
Royal Central Asiatic Society
Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] XXXVI. [Subject of Chapter] Oracles [Subject of Illustration] H.214 (n) Tent of the Karmashar Oracle at the festival of 'The Incense of the Whole World'."
Other Information - Setting: Bell's Diary entry for 20th June 1921" "Today, being the 15th of the 5th Tibetan month, is the festival of Dzam-ling Chi-sang , "The Incense of the Whole World." It is a day of festival for all the gods (lha), so the Tsendron tells me. The Tsendron, Palhese and I ride out in the forenoon to see it, going first to the lingka of the Karmarshar Oracle. Here we find the cloths of the Karmarshar Cho-kyong on a high throne, and on a lower throne facing sideways to the high throne the clothes of a lesser god. As there is no Cho-je at present, the Cho-kyong cannot enter the body of this medium, but the lesser god will enter the body of a medium, called Lha-ni later in the day, and Rabden is staying on for the event. The cho-kyong at Tar-po-ling in Lhasa will possess his Choje today inside the Tar-po-ling Oracle Temple. And every lay official (Trung-char) in Lhasa must go today and worship at the Oracle Temple at Ne-chung" [Diary XI. p.11]
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Tent of Karmashar Oracle at festival" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_1998.285.247.html>.
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