China in a Series of Views, Displaying the Scenery, Architecture and Social Habits of That Ancient Empire Volume 2

China in a Series of Views, Displaying the Scenery, Architecture and Social Habits of That Ancient Empire Volume 2

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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. 1843 edition. Excerpt: ... beauty and virtue in the softer sex are indeed much valued in the Chinese empire. Behind the bridal chair, or canopy, servants clad in scarlet liveries attend, followed by a number of sedans, in which the elderly ladies connected with the bridal family are conveyed. The procession having halted before the gates of the bridegroom, a purifying fire, whose flame points to heaven, is kindled in the entrance of the vestibule, and over it the bride is carried by the matrons who attended her from her home. After the performance of this ceremony, she is conducted into an inner chamber, called the "hall of songs," where she partakes of a repast with her husband, for the first and last time of their lives, and then assists him in worshipping the matrimonial goose: on the table is placed "the wine of the decorated candle," from which the bridegroom having made four bows, drinks three times; and the bride, covering her face with one hand, with the other raising the goblet to her lips as if pledging her husband, completes the "excellent ceremony," the marriage covenant, by tasting the "cup of alliance." The day after the ceremony, the husband and wife attend some place of worship, and visit their parents and relations; the second day, they receive their young friends and former associates; and on the third, the bride goes in state to her former home, where an entertainment is provided for a number of bidden guests. LANDING-PLACE AT THE YUK-SHAN. Upon those mystic waves of thine Time finds a symbol, and faith sets a sign. Thus does Time's flood roll siltntly away--Losing the sunshine of its earlier day. The Water Of LrrE. Few scenes in the whole winding water-way of the Kan-kiang present a more picturesque assemblage more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 188.98 x 246.13 x 3.05mm | 122.47g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236560973
  • 9781236560971