The Cosmopolitan Volume 12

The Cosmopolitan Volume 12

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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. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...a divorce, but this in the nature of things will almost never be availed of, because there is literally no future in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred for the woman who should act upon it. Outside the law, nevertheless, public opinion is a considerable force in Japan, and it is this more than any statutes which at present in many ways protects the Japanese wife from too great wrong. A man who capriciously turns his wife away, or is unkind or violent to her (a thing, to tell the truth, /tv almost unknown in the country), will find his neighbors and QJ friends make things decidedly hot and unpleasant for him. Side by side with education many foreign friends of Japan rely upon the spread of Christianity in the country. No doubt, as far as it does spread, it carries with it ideas of woman's rights and woman's true mission immeasurably higher than those which Confucianism has promulgated far and wide in Mongolian Asia. Eventually I hope it will win a great, if gradual, social victory on this ground, but as a creed I believe it will find the necessity of amalgamating much of the Buddhism which it sees occupying nine-tenths of the area of Japan. There is nothing to my mind fundamentally hostile between Christianity and Buddhism, nor do I think it impossible that Christianity may do what Buddhism itself did when it first entered Japan, and take possession of the hearts of the people by silently adopting many of their national ideas. Shintoism, the religion of the emperor and the court, is not a religion at all, but a cult of ancestors derived from the ancient nature worship of the land. The Japanese people themselves are, in matters of religion, the lightest-hearted in the ji world. Their religion has been well defined as "a mixture of fun...show more

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 685g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236931688
  • 9781236931689