Travels in Tartary, Thibet and China during the years 1844-5-6, tr. by W. Hazlitt

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Page 216 - And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.
Page 216 - And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it ; for out of that well they watered the flocks : and a great stone was upon the well's mouth.
Page 259 - And he said, BLESSED be the Lord God of Shem ; And Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, And he shall dwell in the tents of Shem ; And Canaan shall be his servant.
Page 48 - All of a sudden, these pictures, so full of animation, disappear, and you see nothing of that which of late was so full of life. Men, tents, herds, all have vanished in the twinkling of an eye. You merely see in the desert heaps of embers, half-extinguished fires, and a few bones, of which birds of prey are disputing the possession. Such are the sole vestiges which announce that a Mongol tribe has just passed that way. If you ask the reason of these abrupt migrations, it is simply this:— the animals...
Page 106 - Chinese organisations a tonic of very great effect for old and weak persons ; but its nature is too heating, the Chinese physicians admit, for the European temperament, already, in their opinion, too hot.' At one time the ginseng grown in Manchuria, was considered to be the finest, and it became so scarce in consequence, that an Imperial edict was issued prohibiting its collection.
Page 76 - ... signal, the clerical orchestra executed an overture harsh enough to frighten Satan himself, the lay congregation beating time with their hands to the charivari of clanging instruments and ear-splitting voices. The diabolical concert over, the Grand Lama opened the Book of Exorcisms, which he rested on his knees. As he chanted one of the forms, he took from' the basin, from time to time, a handful of millet, which he threw east, west, north, and south, according to the Rubric. The tones of his...
Page 76 - The tones of his voice, as he prayed, were sometimes mournful and suppressed, sometimes vehemently loud and energetic. All of a sudden, he would quit the regular cadence of prayer, and have an outburst of apparently indomitable rage, abusing the herb puppet with fierce invectives and furious gestures. The exorcism terminated, he gave a signal by stretching out his arms, right and left, and the other Lamas struck up a tremendously noisy chorus, in hurried, dashing tones ; all the instruments were...
Page 175 - Lama-disciplee, or Chabis. Each Lama has under his direction one or more Chabis, who live in his small house, and execute all the details of the household. These Chabis are also considered as pupils, and when they fail to commit their studies to memory they are severely punished. All instruction, both in Thibet and Tartary, is ecclesiastical. It is said that the majority of the people constantly act with a view to a future life.
Page 61 - Yue-Ping (Loaves of the Moon), dates from the remotest antiquity. Its original purpose was to honour the moon with superstitious rites. On this solemn day all labour is suspended ; the workmen receive from their employers a present of money ; every person puts on his best clothes, and there is merry-making in every family. Relations and friends interchange cakes of various sizes, on which is stamped the image of the moon; that is to say, a hare crouching amid a small group of trees.
Page 90 - The Lamas are the only artists who contribute to the ornament and decoration of the temples. The paintings are quite distinct from the taste and the principles of art as understood in Europe. The fantastical and the grotesque predominate inside and out, both in carvings and statuary ; and the personages represented, with the exception of Buddha, have generally a monstrous and Satanic aspect. The clothes seem never to have been made for the .persons upon whom they are placed. The idea given is that...

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