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The face of China, travels in East, North, Central and Western China; with some account of the new schools, universities, missions, and the old religious sacred places of Confucianism, Buddhism, and (14779262972)

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The face of China, travels in East, North, Central and Western China; with some account of the new schools, universities, missions, and the old religious sacred places of Confucianism, Buddhism, and (14779262972)

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Title: The face of China, travels in East, North, Central and Western China; with some account of the new schools, universities, missions, and the old religious sacred places of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism
Year: 1909 (1900s)
Authors: Kemp, Emily Georgiana, 1860-
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Publisher: New York, Duffield
Contributing Library: Robarts - University of Toronto
Digitizing Sponsor: University of Toronto



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ecause theearth is supposed to be square, and in the latter thesacrifices are buried instead of being burnt, so thatthey may go down instead of up ! Close to the altar of Heaven is a small round en-closure containing a temple roofed with gorgeouslapis-lazuli blue tiles, like the adjoining temple ofHeaven, which is erefted on a marble platform exactlysimilar to the altar of Heaven. There are two particularly fine Buddhist temples atPeking, one outside and the other inside the walls, theformer being a monastic establishment and swarmingwith degraded-looking monks. It has the imperialdouble-storied roofs of a noble orange colour, and itwas a picturesque sight to see the orange-robed monkstrooping into the courtyard to evening prayer. Therewere many young boys amongst them, probably sentfrom Manchuria as a thank-offering for the recoveryof a father from severe illness, and consequentlydoomed to a life of idleness and ignorance. TheBuddhist monks are notorious in this city for their low 96
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ch. xi Peking morals, and the signs of it are unmistakably stampedupon their faces ; they do no work of any kind, andlive upon the alms given by worshippers or whichthey have begged, according to the rules of the order.It is comic to see the Buddhist monks strutting alongunder huge orange umbrellas, nose in air, followedby a servant carrying the compulsory begging bowl !The head of the monastery is an incarnate Buddha.In the chief temple of this monastery is a giganticstanding figure of Buddha, and you can go up a stair-case to inspect the head, which is otherwise hardlyvisible in the gloom of the lofty building, whose onlylight comes from the doorway. In the smaller build-ings are other Buddhas of various kinds, and theBodhisatwa, the iooo-handed goddess Kwanyin. In the Lama temple, three miles outside the city,there are figures of the goddess of mercy, beside thethree seated Buddhas, and she is to be found in manyof the temples. She was originally a man, but hadthe heart of a woman

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