Before becoming the 14th Dalai Lama, Lhamo Thondup, was born on July 6, 1935 in a small village located in Taktser, Amdo, in northeastern Tibet. He was born into an agricultural family sustained by barely, buckwheat, and potatoes (A Brief Biography). Along with his birth, his mother described how he was not an ordinary boy and how he claimed descent from heaven (Morgan 21). When Lhamo was three years old, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama had passed away, and the search for the new reincarnation commenced. Various signs and visions led the Regent, a senior lama, to Lhamo Thondup in order to test him (From Birth to Exile); moreover, the test specifically tested whether Lhamo could choose the personal items of the previous Dalai Lama from a group of items laid in front of him. Correctly choosing all of the items of the previous Dalai Lama, Lhamo Thondup was...
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