The occupation of Macao by a grant from the head of the celestial empire to the Portuguese, as a reward for their services against the pirates infesting the islands at the mouth of the Canton river, took place on or about the year 1586.
The annexed is a Buddhist prayer-charm.
When the country has suffered from prolonged drought, Buddhist priests offer prayer, and perform the ceremony
These charms are employed by Taoist priests, Tao-shi, who use them for the purpose of informing “Yen-li” the God of Fire, that such a family has suffered from a conflagration.
In almost all Buddhist monasteries, may be seen a bell, which is tolled by the monks morning and evening. These regular tollings comprise a series of 108 strokes. This number 108 represents:
In ancient times, a small flag was erected beside the grave, in order to distinguish it from others by means of this special mark.
The main source of the popularity and vitality of ordinary religious pilgrimages in all parts of the world seems to be this, -that they are among the few mundane activities in which keen physical and mental enjoyment may coexist with an exhilarating sense of religious fulfillment.
The custom of making these paper-houses existed already at the beginning of the Yuan dynasty. In A.D. 1287. The paper-house is then taken to an open space, and there burnt, in order to have it conveyed to the nether world for the benefit of the dead.
The custom of making these paper-houses existed already at the beginning of the Yuan dynasty. In A.D. 1287, in the VIIth year of the style Chi-yuan, during the reign of the Emperor Shi-tsu
The annexed Plate represents a female of the highest class in her finest habit. The outer dress is of embroidered satin, which is placed upon onc of silk; under this they have a kind of waistcoat, and next their persons is worn a silken net.
Chinese wife with bound feet, 1891.