Corea, Without and Within: Chapters on Corean History, Manners and Religion

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Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1885 - Korea - 315 pages
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Page 145 - ... ceremony, if they have left any estate the eldest son takes possession of the house that belongs to him, with all the lands depending on it. The rest is divided among the other sons, and we never heard that the daughters had any share, because the women carry nothing to their husbands but their clothes. When a father is fourscore years of age he declares himself incapable of managing his estate and resigns it up to his children, who maintain their father and always pay him a great deal of respect....
Page 143 - ... rice-harvest is over. When they intend to bury them they bring them back into the house, and shut up in their coffins with them their clothes and some jewels. In the morning, at break of day, they set out with the body, after a good repast and making merry all the night. The bearers sing and keep time as they go, whilst the kindred make the air ring with their cries. Three days after, the kindred and friends of the party deceased return to the grave, where they make some offerings, and then they...
Page 136 - There are virtuous women among them, who are allowed the liberty of seeing people and going into company and to feasts, but they sit by themselves and opposite to their husbands. They have scarce any more household goods than are absolutely necessary. "There are in the country abundance of taverns and pleasure-houses, to which the Koreans resort to see women dance, sing and play upon musical instruments.
Page 124 - ... to give her a stroke on the head till she is dead. The judges of the town where this happens are suspended for a while ; the governor is taken away, and it is made subordinate to another government, or, at best, only a private gentleman is left to command in it. The same penalty is inflicted on such towns as mutiny against their governors or send false complaints against them to court.
Page 132 - Heaven caus'd the confusion of Tongues. The Nobles frequent the Monasteries very much, to divert themselves there with common Women, or others they carry with them, because they are generally deliciously seated, and very pleasant for Prospect and fine Gardens, so that they might better be call'd Pleasure-houses than Temples, which is to be understood of the Common Monasteries, where the Religious Men love to drink hard.
Page 134 - No man can cover his house with tiles unless he have leave so to do ; for which reason most of them are thatched with straw or reeds. They are parted from one another by a wall or else by a row of stakes or palisades. They are built with wooden posts or pillars, with the interval betwixt them filled up with stone up to the first story ; the rest of the structure is all daubed without, and covered on the inside with white paper glued on. The floors are all vaulted, and in winter they make a fire underneath,...
Page 40 - We endeavored to anchor, but in vain, because we found no bottom, and the roughness of the sea and force of the wind obstructed. Thus, the anchors having no hold, three successive waves sprung such a leak in the vessel that those who were in the hold were drowned before they could get out. Some of those who were on the deck leaped overboard, and the rest were carried away by the sea.
Page 139 - It is wonderful to see how they improve by these means, and how they expound the Writings they give them to read, wherein all their Learning consists. Besides this private Study, there is in every Town a House, where the Nobility, according to ancient Custom, of which they are very tenacious, take care to assemble the Youth, to make them read the...
Page 135 - ... underneath, so that they are always as warm as a stove; the floor is covered with oiled paper. Their houses are small, but one story high, and a garret over it, where they lay up their provisions. The nobility have always an apartment forward, where they receive their friends and lodge their acquaintance; and there they divert themselves, there being generally before their houses a large square, or bass court, with a fountain or fish pond, and a garden with covered walks.
Page 153 - Arithmetick, are very hard, to learn. They have many words to express the same thing, and they sometimes talk fast, and sometimes slow, especially their Learned Men, and great Lords. They use three several sorts of Writing, the first and...

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