An Embassy from the East-India Company of the United Province to the Grand Tartar Cham Emperour of China. Deliv. by Peter de Goyer and Jacob de Keyzer; Wherein the Cities, Towns, Villages, Ports, Rivers, Etc. in Their Passages from Canton

An Embassy from the East-India Company of the United Province to the Grand Tartar Cham Emperour of China. Deliv. by Peter de Goyer and Jacob de Keyzer; Wherein the Cities, Towns, Villages, Ports, Rivers, Etc. in Their Passages from Canton

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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. 1669 edition. Excerpt: ...rginning their Journey upon the day prefixed for the same, though they go but i Jt of fight fromtheir own dwellings: or if they are to build, they will dig a: tle way into the ground, or make some entrance or beginning into the Work, t the weather be never so bad 5 that it may be said they began upon that day, hich was fore-told them should be successful to their undertaking. Over and above these Humorous Niceties, they are great observers of the day Fasiny ones Birth, by which they confidently undertake to predict to them the nod or bad fortune likely to befal through the whole course of their Lives-:, and 1 truth, ctthis inclination of their Nature, is the cause that no people in the whole 'orld are more easie to 'be deluded with the fallacious fancies of such as assume. themselves the title of Wizzrads and Southsayers, whose cunning hath devised arious ways to cheat the Ignorant, and to make them pass for Oracles. a In the former Chapter we treated of their _ Sepulchres, and the ordering there-ss s, wherein they are notss. more careful then curious in the making choice of the lace for that purpose, which they make to resemble the Head, Tail, and Feet of Dragon-, which sort of Creature they fancy to live under ground. Upon iis doesss not only depend, as they firmly believe, the good and bad fortune f particular Familiea, ' 'but the very well-being of Cities, Countries _, and f the whole Empire.-And therefore when any publick Building is to be Erected, he Learned in this mysterious Art are first consulted with, concerning the good r bad success that will follow-upon it, that they may thereby chuse the bet-zr Lot; a There are abundancessof' People here, who not able to restrain their licen-Lousness 'though in the meanest degree of Poverty, ...show more

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