Verhandelingen Der Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie Van Wetenschappen, Afd. Letterkunde Volume 4

Verhandelingen Der Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie Van Wetenschappen, Afd. Letterkunde Volume 4

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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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...humanity'! Verily, in most cases their judicial examinations brilliantly confirm their pre-conceived suspicion, for they understand admirably the art of extorting by scourge and torture any confessions, even from the most obdurate temperaments, especially such confessions as they beforehand have assumed to be true. Such a tail-cutting panic seized the people in 1768 in and about Su-cheu, the famous city of southern Kiangsu. A decree of the 29th of the eighth month (9th Oct.) of that year (Sh. h. 255) acquaints us with the fact that, thanks to searches for the tail-cutters made by the authorities, a Mahayana sect and a Wuwei sect had been discovered outside the walls, having as many as eleven Sutra-halls. The leaders and principal members of all these parishes had been captured, together with the inmates and servants of those buildings, more than seventy in all. The decree refers to a precedent. Sectarianism, thus it declares, did not thrive anywhere as in the department of Siien-hwa '5' Q, in the far northwest of Chihli, notwithstanding frequent persecutions. On a certain occasion when searches were made there for tail-cutters, communities were discovered; the seditious among the members were punished in accordance with the Law; those who persisted in their heresy were banished to the New Frontier Province, and the apostates were castigated with long sticks and banished within China proper, to teach them not to defy the laws a second time. A like event has now occurred for the first time in the viceroyalty of Kiangnan; so, to nip the evil in the bud, great numbers of persons must often be prosecuted, as a warning for the future. Even as in Suen-hwa, the seditious elements and tail-cutters shall be searched for with the utmost...
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  • Paperback | 218 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 399g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236869214
  • 9781236869210