He is provided with earlier photographs by a Tibetan writer but treats his 40 subjects as though he knew them personally, pointing out the first immolator
, the youngest, and the first woman.
Washington Post investigative article questioning the background of the supposed immolators
It followed an earlier first immolation of a Tibetan former monk Thupten Ngodrup, in Delhi in 1998, which in its shocking unprecedence has been referenced by subsequent immolators
inside Tibet, most notably a senior Lama Sobha (a.
After reports continued to surface, Beijing struck back with accounts of immolators
as outcasts who fall prey to the instigation of the Dalai Lama and supporters who allegedly want to split Tibet from China.
This ontological change is sealed by a significant change in focalization, a very different apprehension of things: the protagonist, now being approached by his immolators
, remembers having a dream in which he had been sitting on a huge metallic buzzing insect and riding through a giant town of flaming lights of red and green.