The Burton Holmes Lectures Volume 8

The Burton Holmes Lectures Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...must be transferred this very noon to her summer sanctuary. Ve are in time to witness the procession. A crowd of fanatical peasant women follow the procession from church to church, wringing their hands, and crying and sobbing as if in agony. Vhy they should thus bewail, _as their favorite icon is carried to her most gorgeous shrine, we could not understand. The only answer inquiry brought forth was that it was a custom, but whence derived no one could tell. On arrival at the Summer Church their lamentations ceased suddenly, proving that the women were not really moved. There is much food for the reflection of the judicious in the contrast between the poverty-stricken people who frequent the churches and the incalculable hidden riches of the religious orders. It would be rash to hazard a guess as to the value of the evangiles and icons in the old treasury of Simonoff; while they are of solid gold and silver, these metals are comparatively valueless, a mere background on which shimmer constellations of diamonds and conflagrations of glowing rubies and Milky Vays of INFORMATION with pearls embroidered into them that they can not be folded, and would, if stood upright on the floor, remain erect without support, as if the spirit shapes of long-departed priests were holding them for our inspection. And then, in cruel contrast to this useless heaping up of unproductive wealth, is the black, hopeless poverty of the devout and faithful mujiks who come by hundreds bringing their meager offerings to the monks, accepting in exchange a _ bowl of soup, a slab of black bread, and a blessing. The Russian serfs were freed in 1861 from their corporeal bondage, but they still wear the manacles of ignorance and grossest superstition. It were an alfront more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236847296
  • 9781236847294