No, I’m not really going to Tibet. But I feel like I’ve been there after reading The Skull Mantra by Elliot Pattison.
That’s what’s so great about mystery series. You not only get a good story, you experience worlds you’d never know otherwise.
In this case, the setting is the story. It’s about what happens when a peaceful, spiritual culture (Tibet) meets the brutal efficiency of invaders (China). You can’t help but root for the Tibetans, even when you know the outcome.
Reading this made me want to know more about the Tibet that was. And I got a glimpse of it last night, watching the movie Seven Years in Tibet.
It’s the true story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China’s takeover of Tibet.
It’s not a great movie, but it does show what happens when civilizations clash—something we all need to know about in today’s world.
So please join me in a prayer for peace. Om mani padme hum.