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Per Sørensen, in chapter 7, chronicles the rise of the Dalai Lamas in the time of the second rise of the Mongols to power, as well as the relationship that arose between the Mongol Khans and the leaders of the Geluk sect led by the Dalai Lama. In chapter 8, Bryan Cuevas investigates one of the crucial elements of the influence of the Tibetan Buddhists over their political patrons, the widespread belief in their potent magical powers, powers that were believed to extend to the battlefield.