The three religions of China; lectures delivered at Oxford [NOOK Book]

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 Excerpt: ...I have introduced the subject of sacrifice at this point to show that it forms the principal method of approach to gods and spirits alike. Nor is sacrifice confined to gods and good spirits, for "demon" or " devil worship " is exceedingly common, and sacrifices, both private and public, are offered in order ...
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The three religions of China; lectures delivered at Oxford

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Overview

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 Excerpt: ...I have introduced the subject of sacrifice at this point to show that it forms the principal method of approach to gods and spirits alike. Nor is sacrifice confined to gods and good spirits, for "demon" or " devil worship " is exceedingly common, and sacrifices, both private and public, are offered in order to placate them and thus induce them to withdraw their unwelcome attentions. But the character and mode of sacrifice, especially of imperial sacrifice, will be dealt with when we discuss Official Religion. What I now wish to direct attention to, as of more immediate importance, is the subject of Prayer. Judging from the few statements in regard thereto recorded in the Book of History, prayer, when offered in ancient times, was extempore, taking the form of a bare announcement. Some prayers even then were written, and the custom which generally obtains to-day is that the prayer is written, read before the altar, and then burnt, or posted upon or near to the shrine. In ancient times paper did not exist, so that prayers which were written had to be inscribed upon slips of bamboo or wood. One instance of such a prayer and its preservation is found in the History, in the chapter called "The Metal-bound Coffer." King Wu being at the point of death, his affectionate brother, Duke Wen, took upon himself to sacrifice and pray to three of their common ancestors, generously offering his life in place of the king's. The divination which followed indicated that the king would recover, but the prayer was preserved in the coffer. The king died two years later, and when, some time afterwards, the prayer, showing the generosity and loyalty of Duke Wen, was brought out, his nephew, the youthful emperor, was profoundly affected by the noble sp...
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  • BN ID: 2940017273845
  • Publisher: London, New York, Hodder and Stoughton
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1913 volume
  • File size: 479 KB

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