This is the supernatural summons of a forgotten friend.
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THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: Volume 6, by Herge, Little, Brown and Company, 1976, pp 132-3.

Soon afterward Tintin learns that Chang is dead, killed in a plane crash on a Tibetan mountainside. At least the newspapers say Chang is dead. Tintin hears an improbable inner voice telling him otherwise. Against all common sense and worldly advice he travels to Tibet, to the scene of the accident, on a desperate mission to recover the unrecoverable, to resurrect the dead.

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THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: Volume 6, by Herge, Little, Brown and Company, 1976, pp 158.

Tintin finds the wreckage amid sublime scenery of cold, still, impersonal, ancient mountains. To me, this picture is a graphic portrayal of a broken soul. That part of us, made to fly above the mundane world, is smashed beyond repair. That part of us, holding the warmth of compassion and joy, is snapped apart - the heat hemorrhaged away and the remains frozen. That vehicle which houses the “better angels of our nature” to guide and comfort us, is lost in a hostile wilderness.

Today we might call this a self-portrait of a psyche shattered by PTSD. War and violence crash many souls in our brutal world. In real life, a wreck this total would be un-salvageable. Fortunately, in the symbolic world of the soul physical laws do not apply.

In the dream world, the Self is not one self-contained entity. The Self opens to reveal its inner workings as a complex society where multiple personalities interact. Each dream character or object can be seen as representing one part of the whole dreamer. Similarly, a story can be looked at as a inner drama. The story characters become the competing inner voices that cause strife and conflict within each of us.

Read this way, Chang, the one surviving crash victim, becomes the one weak, wounded but surviving piece of a war ravaged soul. Even symbolically, he can’t endure a Himalayan blizzard. He needs a rescuer.