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!!! NOTE !!! if the image(s) in the description shows a broken image icon(s), right click on the icon(s) and open in new tab to see the larger image(s). Ancient Mythology, Religion and Occult Far East Gods and Deities Another Fine Quality Print from Martin2001 Print Specifics: Type of print: Steel engraving - Original antique print Year of printing: not indicated in the print - actual: 1844 Engraver: Winkles Publisher: Johann Georg Heck Condition: 1 (1. Excellent - 2. Very good - 3. Good - 4. Fair) Dimensions: 9 x 11.5 inches, including blank margins (borders) around the image. Paper weight: 3 (1. Thick - 2. Heavier - 3. Medium heavy - 4. Slightly heavier - 5. Thin) Reverse side: Blank Notes: Green color around the print in the photo is a contrasting background on which the print was photographed. 1 inch = 2,54 cm. Legend to the illustrations in the print: Figure 1. Allegorical pillar from Barolli 2. Chinese god of immortality 3, 4. Chinese idols 5. Great Temple at Honan (Canton) 6. Chinese bonzes 7-13. Japanese idols 14, 15. Japanese house gods 16. Temple of Nitsirin at Honrensi 17. Temple at Foocoosaizi 18-32. Buddhistic temple implements 33-36. Buddhistic votive tablets. From the original description (Temple at Honan): THIS is the most famous temple of Buddhism in southern China, and, as its follies and idolatries have been witnessed by many Europeans, the authenticity of the illustration, notwithstanding its extravagant character, will encounter less disbelief. In a vast edifice of wood, and paint, and paper, decorated with countless figures, emblematical of some good or evil passion of the heart; hung with pictures, miserably executed, yet sufficiently intelligible, representing the trial, and condemnation, and punishments of sinners in the lower world, while no effort is made to express the pleasures of Paradise,—adorned also with gaudy ribbons, splendid china jars, and various inexplicable ornaments—the three great idols of Honan are enthroned. A dais is placed beneath a minor temple or portico, supported by wooden pillars, painted red, and richly gilded; allegorical images of the past, present, and future, upwards of ten feet in height are seated within it, and shining in golden majesty; they strike simply by magnitude, for there is nothing commanding, interesting, or terrifying in their aspect. Heen-tsae-foh, (the present,) occupies the centre; Kwo-kue-foh, (the past,) is on his right; and We-lae-foh, (the future,) on his left. These constitute the Triad, or three precious Buddhas, an ancient object of adoration amongst the Chinese. Before each colossus stands an altar loaded with offerings, and furnished with cups, jars, vases, and vessels for holding joss-sticks, and incense, and flowers, and perfume. Tinfoil is employed in profusion; pastiles are continually emitting fragrance; and the flame of an ever-burning lamp represents the inextinguishable nature of Buddhas' rule over mankind. A tablet above the idols' throne is inscribed with Chinese characters that may be interpreted, " The great, powerful, and precious palace." The most remarkable features, both of Honan temple, and the creed to which it is devoted, having been amply detailed in the preceding pages' it will be sufficient to add in this place those reflections only which present themselves with peculiar obviousness. Similarity between the ceremonies, of the early Christian church of Europe, and the Buddhists temple of China, is so remarkable, that none can be so hardy as to deny it; and the parallels that may be instituted between the precepts of Christianity and those of Buddhism, afford encouragement to missionary enterprise. In the moral works of Confucius (Isaiah), there is a passage, plainly declaring, that anindividual was to arise in the West, uniting in his person the offices of king, priest, and prophet, (Christ,) ; that he should be attended by a female, whom the Chinese call "the mother of heaven, (the Virgin Mary) ; that at the age of twelve years he should withdraw from public life, but return again afterwards, and preach the metempsychosis, (the Resurrection from the dead); that having founded his religion he was to be transformed, "(the Ascension,) into the god Fo, one person but three forms, (the Trinity); and this is the Triad, now represented by the three golden Buddhas. It would not be difficult to pursue the analogy further. Martin2001 Satisfaction Guaranteed Policy! Any print purchased from me may be returned for any (or no) reason for a full refund including all postage. seller since 1998. Five-star service. Powered by Turbo Lister The free listing tool. List your items fast and easy and manage your active items.
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