The travels of Marco Polo; the Venetian

9780217301312: The travels of Marco Polo; the Venetian
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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. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...La nuit suivante, par un ddcret de Dieu, le feu prit au nouveau palais de 1'empereur, non sans quelque soupcon da quelque fourberie des astrologues. L'appartement principal qui avoit quatre-vingt coudc!es de long et trente de large.... fut entitlement bruleV'--Pp. 9--12. 3 "Les Tartares," says De Guignes, pere, " ont aussi un cycle de douze CHAPTER XXVI. OF THE RELIGION OF THE TARTARS--OF THE OPINIONS THEY HOLD RESPECTING THE SOUL--AND OF SOME OF THEIR CUSTOMS. As has already been observed, these people are idolaters, and for deities, each person has a tablet fixed up against a high part of the wall of his chamber, upon which is written a name, that serves to denote the high, celestial, and sublime God; and to this they pay daily adoration, with incense burning.1 Lifting up their hands and then striking their faces against the floor three times,2 they implore from him the blessings of sound intellect and health of body; without any further petition. Below this, on the floor, they have a statue which they name Natigai, which they consider as the God of all terrestrial things, or whatever is produced from ans. Lea denominations de chaque annde sont prises des noms de diffe'rens animaux; ainsi 1'on disoit 1'annde de la souris, du bceuf, &c., pour dire la premiere era la seconde annde; et a la fin des douze anuses on recommensoit de la meme fason. Les Chinois ont quelquefois fait usage de ce cycle." (Hist. des Huns, tom. i. p. xlvii.) In the names of the years, as furnished by different writers, there is some variation, but according to the most modern of the authorities they are as follows: "the rat, ox, tiger, hare, dragon, serpent, horse, sheep, monkey, cock, dog, and hog;" from whence it appears that our author's account of the cycle is not...

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