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The Religions of China

Excerpt from The Religions of China: Confucianism and Taoism Described and Compared With Christianity The dualistic phrase heaven and earth used for the single terms, Heaven and Ti - Judgment of Confucius about the solstitial sacrifices - Expansion of his judgment by the author - How the dualistic name continued, and is guarded against being misunderstood - Announcement by the first emperor of the present dynasty - The Yi King and its subject-matter - On the divination of the old Chinese - Appendixes to the Yi by Confucius - Two sentences from one of them - Prayers to Shang Ti at a special solstitial sacrifice in A.D. 1538 - Conclusions from those prayers - The offerings at the solstitial services are oblations, not propitiatory sacrifices - The idea of substitution is not unknown in Chinese history, but has no part in the religious services - The solstitial service is an acknowledgment for himself and his line and the nation of their obligations to God - The emperor does not preside at the services as a priest - Ancient division of the Chinese community into four classes, with no indication of a priesthood - The place of that supplied to some extent by the cultured class; Notes; The worship of their forefathers by all the Chinese people - Filial piety - the worship of parents a part of it - Filial piety and worship of Shun; and subsequently down to the Chau dynasty - Living representatives of the dead then employed - Further description of the filial piety and worship of the Chau kings About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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