The History of Japan: Together with a Description of the Kingdom of Siam, 1690-92, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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J. MacLehose and Sons, 1906 - Japan
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Page 261 - In ancient times, he was obliged to sit on the throne for some hours every morning, with the imperial crown on his head, but to sit altogether like a statue, without stirring either hands or feet, head or eyes, nor indeed any part of his body, because, by this means, it was thought that he could preserve peace and tranquillity in his empire...
Page xiii - The History of Japan, giving An Account of the ancient and present State and Government of that Empire; of Its Temples, Palaces, Castles and other Buildings; of...
Page 261 - The ecclesiastical emperor thinks that it would be very prejudicial to his dignity and holiness to touch the ground with his feet : for this reason, when he intends to go anywhere, he must be carried thither on men's shoulders. Much less will they suffer, that he should expose his sacred person to the open air ; and the sun is not thought worthy to shine on his head. There is such a holiness ascribed to all parts of the body, that he dares to cut off neither his hair, nor his beard, nor his nails.
Page 303 - ... Siberia and the regions round the Baikal Lake. Between the ninth and twelfth centuries several new religions or idolatries are mentioned as being introduced by foreign priests, or by Japanese returning from foreign countries. About the year 987, the Emperor Quassan, a very young man, was suddenly seized with such a desire of retirement and a religious life, that he left his palace privately in the...
Page xiv - London. || with the LIFE of the AUTHOR and an INTRODUCTION. || To which is added, || Part of a JOURNAL of a Voyage to JAPAN, made by the English in the Year 1673.
Page 199 - ... in all parts of the town, and to these the animals, in case, of sickness, must be carefully conveyed by the inhabitants.
Page 137 - ... merely as connected with the question of race, reserving for a future chapter some ampler observations on it, and on the characteristic literature of Japan. Another argument against the descent of the the Japanese from the Chinese, is drawn from the difference between the ancient religions of the two nations. If the Japanese were a colony of the Chinese, they would have brought with them into these islands the faith and worship of their mother country. But the original religion of the Japanese,...
Page 261 - ... himself on one side or the other, or if he looked a good while towards any part of his dominions, it was apprehended that war, famine, fire, or some other great misfortune was near at hand to desolate the country. But it having been afterwards discovered, that the imperial crown was the palladium, which by its immobility could preserve peace in the empire, it was thought expedient to deliver his imperial person, consecrated only to idleness and pleasures, from this burthensome duty, and therefore...
Page 308 - was the case with Joritomo, who gladly embracing so favourable an opportunity, increased his power to that degree, as not only to arrogate to himself an absolute authority in the decision of all the secular affairs of the empire, but to leave to his successors a plausible pretext to claim and exercise the same. Thus, in the twelfth century, the power of ecclesiastical hereditary emperors received at first a fatal shock by the disobedience and quarrels of the princes of the empire, and was at last...
Page lxxiv - De Christianis apud Japonios triumphis, sive de gravissima ibidem contra Christi fidem persecutione exorta ab anno 1612, usque ad annum 1620.

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