Popular Aspects of Oriental Religions

Paperback | February 1, 2012

byLouis Oliver Hartman

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917. Excerpt: ... monotony these wheels are turned, every revolution representing a petition. One morning we made our way down the steep hillside to see a Buddhist temple. Here were more banners, a great forest of them, at the entrance to the temple grounds. And there were more prayer-wheels too. Just outside the temple was an enormous one run by water. In the case of some others the motive power was the wind. Some day doubtless we shall find the priests taking advantage of the new scientific discoveries of the age in the application of electricity to their worship. Then the traveler may run across prayer-wheels whose power is furnished by electric motors, thus typifying the complete dominance of the realm of the mechanical over that of the spiritual. Nor would this be an illogical outcome of Buddhist teachings. Inside the temple we found a strange jumble of images of Buddha, paintings, various trinkets, and little shrines. As we were leaving, the priest in charge hinted strongly for a fee, which he finally received. So everywhere in Darjeeling there are evidences of prayer, but it should be understood that prayer in the Tibetan sense is a very mechanical sort of exercise, and also that it is looked upon as a kind of magic, by means of which the evils of life somehow can be prevented from falling upon the worshiper. One day we were making a purchase in one of the shops on the main street of this city when a woman with her little child came in and at once manifested considerable interest in the transaction. Noticing a peculiar cloth-covered charm about the child's neck, we offered to buy it. At once the mother became highly indignant, and even frightened, lest the child should lose this magic symbol and thus invite some terrible disaster. While the conversation was going on...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917. Excerpt: ... monotony these wheels are turned, every revolution representing a petition. One morning we made our way down the steep hillsid...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217787126

ISBN - 13:9780217787123

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