From Far Formosa

From Far Formosa : The Island, its People and Missions

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First published in 1896 and based on extracts from diaries, notes and reports, this work, edited by J. A. Macdonald, tells of the nearly three decades that George Mackay (1844-1901) spent on the island of Formosa (now Taiwan). In 1872 the Canadian Presbyterian priest arrived in northern Taiwan and set up a new missionary station. Within a month of his arrival he had made his first convert, a Chinese named Giam Chheng Hoa. Mackay married a local woman, with whom he had three children, and made numerous trips around the island, founded a hospital and established a college. He also gathered specimens of local fauna and flora that formed the cornerstone of a museum. Mackay offers vivid descriptions of Formosan geography, culture and animal life; his interpretation of the syncretic 'heathenism' of Formosa as a 'dark damning nightmare' is characteristic of the Western viewpoint of his more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16 b/w illus. 4 maps
  • 1139097008
  • 9781139097000

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Editorial preface; Introductory: 1. Early years of the author; 2. At Princeton and Edinburgh; 3. Toronto to Tamsui; 4. First view of Formosa; The Island: 5. Geography and history; 6. Geology; 7. Trees, plants, and flowers; 8. Animal life; 9. Ethnology in outline; Among the Chinese: 10. The people; 11. Government and justice; 12. Industrial and social life; 13. Chinese religious life; 14. Beginnings of mission work; 15. The first native preacher and his church; 16. Establishing churches; 17. How Bang-Kah was taken; 18. Touring in the north; 19. The Waiting Isles; 20. The coming of the French; The Conquered Aborigines: 21. Pe-Po-Hoan characteristics; 22. Rice-farming in Formosa; 23. Mission work among the Pe-Po-Hoan; 24. A trip down the east coast; 25. A Sek-Hoan mission; 26. Life among the Lam-Si-Hoan; The Mountain Savages: 27. Savage life and customs; 28. With the head-hunters; At Headquarters: 29. A sketch of Tamsui; 30. Training a native ministry; 31. Oxford College; 32. Native workers for native women; 33. Medical work and the hospital; 34. Foreigners and the missions; 35. With the English Presbyterians; 36. Retrospect and prospect; more

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