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I read this(below) in a chapter named "Silk Road":

He shot me a few questions while feeling the veins in my wrist. "It's a cold," he said finally through Tsetan.

I don't think his soul went into Tsetan and said that.

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    Tsetan is the narrator's guide and, no doubt, his translator as well: the doctor spoke in Tibetan and Tsetan translated his questions and remarks into English. – StoneyB Mar 1 at 13:45
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Without any more context, I would assume that Tsetan is an interpreter. The person who felt the veins and said "it's a cold" was speaking some language other than that of the narrator, and Tsetan listened, and repeated it in the narrator's own language.

All of this assuming that Tsetan is a person.

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