In the wilds of Western Tibet towers, in its majesty, Mount Kailash, sacred to four religions and a place of pilgrimage for centuries. It is a truly beautiful mountain, with its four striated faces under a cone of pure snow. Hindus and Buddhists believe Kailash to be the navel, or axis, of the world and the abode of Shiva, and of Samvara, a wrathful manifestation of the Buddha. Jains and followers of Bön, the ancient shamanistic religion of Tibet, also revere the mountain. Kailash is the watershed of Southern Asia; four great rivers issue from this region.