The Dragon, Image, and Demon; Or, the Three Religions of China

The Dragon, Image, and Demon; Or, the Three Religions of China

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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...flights sees and knows all that goes on in the county or province. Kindness to Animals Buddhism shows the sympathy for animals that was intended for men. The principle on which it is based is that to eat meat, the root of pity in the heart is broken off. Another reason is that according to the doctrine of transmigration one may be feeding on an ancestor. A third, that all creatures are the sons of Buddha, so a priest is seen using a brush to drive off mosquitoes to avoid killing one; the lice on the body it is not right to destroy, and even hungry spirits Buddha pities as a father. There are societies to receive animals redeemed from the slaughterhouse, canals set apart in which to turn loose fish, where the hook cannot be dropped or the net dragged; hawkers along the streets cry, "Buy this big turtle for eight shillings, and do a meritorious act;" an old mule is treated as tenderly as a grandmother. A man listening to me preaching on Abraham offering up Isaac exclaimed, "And why was it necessary to kill that goat?" Vegetarians A corollary to the tenet of the sacred ness of animal life and the wickedness of animal sacrifices is the sin of eating flesh. The Christian religion is called the Ye-su (Jesus) Church, and so those unaccustomed to the sound often ask "if we eat eu,"--that is, live on a vegetable diet. The monks are vegetarians (though not a few quietly indulge in fish and pork), and object seriously to a dog bringing a bone, by which the temple precincts would be defiled. To be a vegetarian is the method the laity have of making a profession of the Buddhist faith, and millions among the women and tens of thousands of the old men, some for thirty or forty years, have not tasted meat. It is exceedingly...show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236512286
  • 9781236512284