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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1906. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... 1692. another to work with a certain sound. The Seamen in the harbour measure the progress of their work according to another loud tune. In the night time, the watchmen and soldiers upon duty, both in the streets and harbour, shew their vigilance, and at the same time indicate the hours of the night, by beating two strong pieces of wood one against another. The Chinese also contribute their share, chiefly in the evening, when they burn some pieces of gilt paper, and throw them into the Sea, as an offering or sacrifice, to their Idol Maatso Bosa, or when they carry the said Idol about its Temple, both which they do with beating of drums and cymbals. But all this is little, in comparison to the clamour and bawling of the Priests and relations of dying, or dead, Persons, who, either in the house, where the corpse lies, or else upon certain days sacred to the deceased's memory, sing a Namanda with a loud voice, and ringing of bells, for the relief of his soul. Namanda is a short prayer, contracted from the words Namu Amida Budsu, and directed to their God Amida, whom they pray to intercede with the supreme Judge of the Infernal Court, in favour of the poor condemn'd soul. The like is done by the Nembuds Koo, certain fraternities, or societies of devout neighbours, friends, or relations, who meet by turns in their houses, every day in the morning, or evening, in order to sing the Namanda, by way of precaution, for the future relief of their own souls. Chap. II. Of the Government of Nagasaki. Very Imperial City is commanded by two Government of Governors, or Lords Lieutenants, who tlu. f mperial are by their subjects call'd, Tono Sama, c,t,es. that is to say, Supreme Lord, or Prince. They command by turns, and mean while the one is upon his government, the ot...

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