(Tib., gnas chung chos rje).
A deity who guides the government and political leaders of Tibet by providing advice through the medium of an oracle. He is consulted on important matters of state and gives his replies through taking possession of a human oracle who communicates in high-pitched tones. The answers are noted down carefully and deciphered by attendants. The present Dalai Lama (Dalai Lama XIV) regularly consults the Nechung oracle before taking decisions on sensitive religious and diplomatic issues.