The Chinese reader's manual: A handbook of biographical, historical, mythological, and general literary reference

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American Presbyterian mission Press, 1874 - China - 440 pages

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Page 334 - In this work, which serves as a basis for the philosophy of divination and geomancy, and is largely appealed to as containing not alone the elements of all metaphysical knowledge but also a clue to the secrets of nature and of being the...
Page 61 - The fox is a beast whose nature is highly tinged with supernatural qualities. He has the power of transformation at his command, and frequently assumes the human shape. At the age of 50 the fox can take the form of a woman, and at 100 can assume the appearance of a young and beautiful girl, or otherwise, if so minded, of a wizard, possessing all the power of magic. When 1,000 years old, he is admitted to the Heavens and becomes the 'Celestial Fox.
Page 239 - It is long since you came here you should go home now ! ' whereupon Wang Chih, proceeding to pick up his axe, found that its handle had mouldered into dust.
Page 41 - One writer describes it as having the head of a pheasant, the beak of a swallow, the neck of a tortoise, and the outward semblance of a dragon...
Page 14 - ... hope of obtaining possession of so peerless a beauty, invaded China in irresistible force, and only consented to retire beyond the Wall when the lady was surrendered to him. She accompanied her savage captor, bathed in tears, until the banks of the Amur were reached, when, rather than go beyond the boundary, she plunged into the waters of the stream.
Page 41 - ... Hwang-ti while that sovereign observed the ceremonial fasts ; and according to the Shu King it came with measured gambollings to add splendour to the musical performances conducted by the great Shun. The female is called Hwang, and this name, combined with that of the male, forms the compound Feng Hwang which is usually employed as the generic designation for the wondrous bird. It is translated phoenix by many writers. Among the marvels related respecting this creature, it is said that each of...
Page 112 - Laotze' в writings both enabled and encouraged his so-called disciples and adherents to graft upon the leading notions of his text an entirely adventitious code of natural and psychical philosophy, which, on the one hand, expanded into a system of religious belief, a simple travesty of Buddhism, and, on the other, became developed into a school of mysticism, founded apparently upon the early secrets of the professions of healing and divination, from whence it rose to occult researches in the art...
Page 98 - ... typified. In allusion to the lettered functionaries of old, who, without thought of worldly lucre or unworthy intrigue, contented themselves in recreation with their favourite lutes, the abode of the virtuous official is designated the ' Lute Hall,' and the approach to his tribunal as ' the steps leading to the lute.
Page 282 - A mussel was sunning itself no the river bank when a bittern came by and pecked at it. The mussel closed its shell and nipped the bird's beak. Hereupon the bittern said, ' If you don't let me go to-day, if you don't let me go to-morrow, there will be a dead mussel.
Page 281 - From the resemblance in structure between fish and birds, their oviparous birth, and their adaptation to elements differing from that of other created beings, the Chinese believe these creatures to be interchangeable. Many kinds of fish are reputed as being transformed at stated seasons into birds. According to Ma Yung, the scaly armour of the fish indicates it as a symbol of martial attributes. When Kwan Chung was sent by Duke Hwau of Ts'i to invite Ning Tsi to enter his service...

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