Memoirs of Father Ripa: During Thirteen Years' Residence at the Court of Peking in the Service of the Emperor of China; with an Account of the Foundation of the College for the Education of Young Chinese at Naples

J. Wiley, 1849 - 174 pàgines

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Pàgina 53 - With a few honorable exceptions, all the missionaries live in this manner ; and thus, as they never mix with the people, they make but few converts. The diffusion of our holy religion in these parts has been almost entirely owing to the catechists who are in their service, to other Christians, or to the distribution of Christian books in the Chinese language. Thus there is scarcely a single missionary who can boast of having made a convert by his own preaching, for they merely baptize those who have...
Pàgina 9 - Thus saith the Lord ; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof...
Pàgina 142 - But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.
Pàgina 78 - The operator made me sit on the ground, and, assisted by two men, held a cloth upon my mouth and nose till I was almost suffocated. " This," said the Chinese ^Esculapius, " by causing a violent heaving of the chest, will force back any rib that may have been dislocated.
Pàgina 73 - The Emperor supposed himself to be an excellent musician, and a still better mathematician ; but though he had a taste for the sciences and other acquirements in general, he knew nothing of music, and scarcely understood the first elements of mathematics.
Pàgina 78 - The wound in my head not being deep, he healed it by stuffing it with burnt cotton. He then ordered that I should continue to walk much, supported by two persons, that I should not sit long, nor be allowed to sleep till ten o'clock at night, at which time I should eat a little thin rice soup.
Pàgina 53 - Their garments are made of the richest materials ; they go nowhere on foot, but always in sedans, on horseback, or in boats, and with numerous attendants following them. With a few honourable exceptions, all the missionaries live in this manner ; and thus, as they never mix with the people, they make but few converts.
Pàgina 118 - We added, that whenever he should send an ambassador to the Czar, he promised that his representative should stand uncovered before him, although in China none but condemned criminals exposed their heads bare, and should perform all the other ceremonies customary at Moscow. No sooner had we arrived at these words, than the chief mandarin instantly took off his cap before the ambassador ; and the latter being thus satisfied, promised to perform the prostrations according to Chinese custom, and also...
Pàgina 115 - To this Ismailof replied that, before executing the commission he had received from his sovereign, he could not receive any personal distinction ; and when he was asked whether, in presenting the letter, he would perform the prostrations, he answered that he would not ; but that he would make the obeisance which European ambassadors made before the princes to whom they were sent. Upon this the Emperor commanded one of his principal eunuchs, a page, the master of the ceremonies, and the five European...
Pàgina 86 - ... them, and went on in this manner till one was not more than half a bow-shot distant from the other. Every alternate soldier now halted, and the next continuing to advance, two circles were formed, one being at a considerable distance from the other: After this they all. moved in the same direction till the soldiers of the inner circle being so near as to shake hands, they divided again and formed a third circle ; when, preserving their relative distances, they advanced again till the soldiers...

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