Five-year old Pema Wongchen is just like any other regular boy. The only difference is that he is a reincarnation of a lama. According to the Buddhist theory of reincarnation, when a lama dies, his spirit enters the soul of an infant who is born a few days after the lama's death . Children such as Pema Wongchen, are identified with the help of oracles.
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