Nicolas Roerich, "Heart of Asia". Shambhala. 1929
"The "Statesman," the most reliable newspaper of India, published the following experience related by a British major:
"Once before sunrise while camping in the Himalayas, the major went from his camp to the neighboring cliffs to see the majestic snow-capped outlines of the mountains. On the opposite side of the gorge rose a high rock. Great was his astonishment when through the morning mist he noticed on the rock the figure of a tall man, almost naked and with long black hair. The man was leaning on a high bow, attentively watching something behind the rock. Then, apparently noticing something, the silent figure, with great strides, leaped down the almost vertical slope.
Completely amazed, the major returned to the camp and asked the servants about this strange apparition.
But to his utter surprise, they took it quite calmly and with reverence told him:
"Sahib has seen one of the snowmen, who guard the forbidden region.'"
We asked a lama about the snowmen and again the answer came in a surprisingly calm and affirmative way:
"These snowmen are very rarely seen. They are the faithful guardians of the Himalaya regions, where the secret Ashrams of the Mahatmas are hidden. Formerly even in Sikkim we had several Ashrams of the Mahatmas. These wise Mahatmas of the Himalayas direct our lives through unceasing work and study. They master the highest powers. As ordinary people, they appear in various places, here, beyond the ocean and throughout Asia..."