Social Life of the Chinese: With Some Account of Their Religious, Governmental, Educational, and Business Customs and Opinions, Volume 1

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Sampson Low, Son, & Marston, 1866 - China - 949 pages

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Page 276 - When the villagers were going through their ceremonies to drive away pestilential influences, he put on his court robes and stood on the eastern steps.
Page 253 - With regard to the existence of gods and spirits, Chu Hi " affirmed that sufficient knowledge was not possessed to say positively that they existed, and he saw no difficulty in omitting the subject altogether.
Page 311 - Williams, in his Middle Kingdom, mentions that some clouds, on a certain occasion, having prevented the eclipse being visible, " the courtiers joyfully repaired to the emperor to felicitate him that the heavens, touched by his virtues, had spared him the pain of witnessing the 'eating of the sitn.
Page 122 - A pair of the trousers of the child's father are put on the frame of the bedstead in such a way that the waist shall hang downward or be lower than the legs. On the trousers is stuck a piece of red paper, having four words written upon it intimating that all unfavourable influences are to go into the trousers instead of afflicting the babe.
Page 457 - When the heat of summer made it difficult to sleep quietly, the lad knew what would be for the comfort of his venerated parent. Taking a fan, he slowly moved it about the silken curtains, and the cool air, expanding, enveloped and filled the pillow and the bed.
Page 79 - ... and hold it thus before the bridal chair, while one of the bride's assistants tosses into the air, one by one, four bread-cakes, in such a manner that they will fall into the bed-quilt. When the sedan, on its arrival at the bridegroom's place, has been carried into the reception-room, a sieve is put on...
Page 86 - ... into the other, back and forth several times. She then holds one to the mouth of the groom, and the other to the mouth of the bride, who continue to face each other, and who then sip a little of the wine. She then changes the goblets, and the bride sips out of the one just used by the groom, and the groom sips out of the one just used by the bride, the goblets oftentimes remaining tied together.
Page 67 - The thread and needles are also similarly stuck into the card, having the phoenix on its outside. When this has been done, it is sent back to the family of the boy, which carefully keeps it as evidence of his engagement in marriage; the card having the dragon on it, and relating to the boy, being retained and preserved by the family of the girl, as proof of her betrothal. The writing on each of these documents is performed in front of the ancestral tablets of the family to which it relates, incense...
Page 443 - Those in the different provinces who have attained to the second military degree must go to Peking in order to compete for the third degree. The successful competitors there are always sure of finding immediate employment in the army or navy somewhere in the empire. The unsuccessful competitors, on their return to their own provinces, may, if they please, connect themselves with the body-guard of the provincial governor, and become a kind of personal attendants upon him. They have no regular salary...
Page 440 - The stones are also of three different sizes; one weighs 100 pounds, another 120 pounds, and the other 160 pounds. These they are required to handle according to a certain rule. The bows they are exercised in bending are also of three different degrees of stiffness. It requires the expenditure of 100 pounds of strength to bend the smallest, 120 pounds of strength to bend the second size, and 160 pounds of strength to bend the third size. It is probable that, in fact, the strength necessary to bend...

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