Almost everybody in Myanmar believes in Theravada Buddhism, an ancient doctrine incorporating occult beliefs, which are omnipresent in Burmese culture. The Congregations of the Superior Way originated from this blend. In these Buddhist societies, disciples acquire esoteric powers, which help them heal and combat spirits. Their therapeutic arsenal consists of religious incantations, plants, tattoos and alchemy.
Bernard meets Aung Myo Hein, one of the Masters of the Superior Way. The symbols on his skin are a mark of his rank, and give him his power. Bernard accompanies Aung to the monastery of a neighbouring village, where he regularly provides health care.