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Page 292 - the cook's room. When the junk reaches any promontory, or when contrary winds prevail, the priest makes an offering to the spirits of the mountains and of the air. On such occasions, and on such only, pigs and fowls are killed. "When the offering is duly arranged, the priest adds to it spirits and fruit, burns
Page 290 - the Prussian missionary, who took one or two voyages in these vessels, gives an interesting description of the superstitious practices of these people.* " The most disgusting thing on board a junk is idolatry, the rites of which are performed with the greatest punctuality. The goddess of the sea is Ma-tsoo-po called also Teen-how,
Page 200 - approach of death to meet, With thoughts astray—mind ill at ease—away from home and wife, I often thought that by a thread was hung my precious life. Three days I lay, no food had I, and nothing did I feel; Nor hunger, sorrow, pain, nor hope, nor thought of woe or weal; My
Page 201 - tis but for virtue's sake, His works are done ; his skill divine I ever must adore, Nor lose remembrance of his name, till life's last day is o'er. Thus have I told, in these brief words, this learned doctor's praise, Well
Page 200 - and darksome fluid, whose effects so well I knew; His golden probe soon clear"d the lens, and then my eyes he bound, And laved with water, sweet as is the dew to thirsty ground. Three days thus lay I, prostrate, still no food then could I eat, My limbs relax'd were
Page 201 - the workman's tool, another's is the hand; Before his might, and in his sight, men feeble, helpless, stand. Go, virtue learn to cultivate, and never thou forget That for some work of future good, thy life is spared thee yet!
Page 291 - Queen of Heaven.' She is said to have been a virgin, who lived some centuries ago in Fuh-keen, near the district of Fuh-chow. On - account of having with great fortitude, and by a kind of miracle, saved her brother who was
Page 256 - The translator of the History of the Pirates ventures to affirm, that the Chinese system of government is by far the best that ever existed in Asia; not excepting any of the different monarchies founded by the followers of Alexander, the government of the Roman