Mexico as I Saw it

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Hurst and Blackett, limited, 1901 - Mexico - 472 pages
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Page 357 - On the summit stood a sumptuous temple, in which was the image of the mystic deity, "god of the air," with ebon features, unlike the fair complexion which he bore upon earth, wearing a mitre on his head waving with plumes of fire...
Page 422 - Ay, now am I in Arden : the more fool I ; when I was at home, I was in a better place ; but travellers must be content.
Page 356 - ... grateful posterity, and placed among the lights of heaven. It was in honor of this benevolent deity, that the stupendous mound was erected, on which the traveller still gazes with admiration as the most colossal fabric in New Spain, rivalling in dimensions, and somewhat resembling in form, the pyramidal structures of ancient Egypt.
Page 164 - omnipresent, that knoweth all thoughts, and giveth all gifts," "without whom man is as nothing," "invisible, incorporeal, one God, of perfect perfection and purity," "under whose wings we find repose and a sure defence.
Page 357 - ... with ebon features, unlike the fair complexion which he bore upon earth, wearing a mitre on his head waving with plumes of fire, with a resplendent collar of gold round his neck, pendants of mosaic turquoise in his ears, a jewelled sceptre in one hand, and a shield curiously painted, the emblem of his...
Page 399 - In the culture scale this people stood at the head of the American tribes. They were still, properly speaking, barbarians, but in several respects seemed to be on the very threshold of civilization. Their status may be compared to that of the Greeks and Egyptians immediately preceding the dawn of history, and we may assume that they were, as measured by Aryan rates of progress, perhaps not more than a few thousand years behind the foremost nations of the world in the great procession of races from...
Page 254 - Twas not her soft magic of streamlet or hill. Oh! no - it was something more exquisite still. 'Twas that friends, the beloved of my bosom, were near, Who made every dear scene of enchantment more dear, And who felt how the best charms of Nature improve, When we see them reflected from looks that we love.
Page 398 - ... infusion of Spanish blood the race has been largely modified and an interesting and very homogeneous half-blood people has sprung up; but in the interior many of the tribes are of nearly pure blood and retain a strong spirit of independence. It is said that some bands have never been fully conquered and they practically substantiate the claim by holding the temples of their fathers by force of arms, defying all comers, whether white or red. Physically the Mayas are short, sturdy and dark, possessing...
Page 165 - The wicked, comprehending the greater part of mankind, were to expiate their sins in a place of everlasting darkness. Another class, with no other merit than that of having died of certain diseases, capriciously selected, were to enjoy a negative existence of indolent contentment. The highest place was reserved, as in most warlike nations, for the heroes who fell in battle, or in sacrifice. They passed at once into the presence of the Sun, whom they accompanied with songs and choral dances in his...
Page 340 - ... peons are not paid in money at all but have to take out their wages in goods from the store, a bad principle which renders the people little more than slaves. 'A man and his family live on six or eight cents a day (a cent is about a farthing) and men earn...

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