A set of 50 photographs and associated handwritten descriptive notes, acquired from the Imperial Russian Geographical Society in St. Petersburg. The complete notes, "1904 View of Great Tibet", are available at: http://collections.lib.uwm.edu/u?/tibet,94
Yamdok Ts'o [Yamdo tso] or lake Palti from K'ambe la pass [Khamba la pass]. [Z.] The snow peak in the distance is the Nui-jin-kang Jar'oz [Nui-jin kang-zang] or Hao-kang-sang [Kao-kang-sang] of the map representing "Parts of Tibet, Sikkini and [Sikkim] and Bhutan" or the sheet #6 of North Eastern Frontier. Scale 8 miles = 1 inch. … [illegible] Dun. December 1888.
"When in the eighteenth century, the Jungars invaded Tibet; their wrath was especially turned against the lamaseries and monks of the Nyingma sect. There then lived in Palti djong a learned and saintly lama, called Palti Shabdung, well versed in all the sacred literature, and proficient in magic arts. Hearing that the invaders had crossed the Nabso la and were marching on Palti, he, by his art, propitiated the deities of the lake who caused the waters of the lake to appear to the Jungar troops like a plain of verdure, so that they marched into the lake and were drowned, to the number of several thousands. Another corps which had advanced by the Khamba la, not finding the troops which had gone by the Nabso la, retraced their steps, and so the town of Palti was saved."
Das, S. C. (1902). Journey to Lhasa and Central Tibet. London: John Murray.
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