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Street of Holy Lhasa, City of Mystery and Disillusion
Woman Devil-Worshipper of Mount Ararat

STREET OF HOLY LHASA, CITY OF MYSTERY AND DISILLUSION

WOMAN DEVIL-WORSHIPPER OF MOUNT ARARAT

For centuries Lhasa, the lone city hid somewhere behind the Himalayas, was known only to a few Chinese officials and a handful of priests and adventurers. The first view of the place reveals it upon an eminence in a surrounding plain. On entering, most buildings, fair outside, are filthy within, and in the streets dogs and pigs munch the garbage from house and booth She belongs to the far-scattered sect of the Yezedis, who worship both God and Satan, and are devoted to peacocks, snakes, water, and the sun. They are forbidden to learn reading and writing