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Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China - Volume 2

Évariste Régis Huc

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. . .me men coming again and again to seek instruction from us in our holy religion.

The instruction we communicated was altogether historical in its plan, everything being carefully excluded which could suggest dispute, or arouse the spirit of contention; we gave our friends a simple and concise outline of our religion, leaving them to derive thence, for themselves, conclusions against Buddhism.  Proper names and dates, precisely set forth, produced more effect upon them than the most logical reasoning.  When they had thoroughly mastered the names of Jesus, of Jerusalem, of Pontius Pilate, the date of four thousand years since the creation of the world, and the names of the twelve Apostles, they had no longer any doubts as to the Redemption, or as to the Preaching of the Gospel.  The p. 66connection which they observed between the history of the Old Testament and that of the New, amounted, in their eyes, to demonstration.  The mysteries and the mi. . . Read More

Community Reviews

An interesting journal of the trip of two French missionaries and their native companion, plus camels, horse, and mule. Alas, this is only volume 1, and I do not possess the others.

A bit dry, but very detailed comparison between religion and nationalities.
Surprised to see Ki-Chan 琦善 (The Qing official handling the 1st Opium War) appearing in this book, and his disagreeing on the Chinese way in handling international affairs. Don't think Huc was bluffing.

A fascinating story about an amazing journey, written by French missionary who had a relatively open mind and a deep interest in the people he met on his journey through Manchuria, Mongolia, Sichuan and Tibet.

Minutely detailed record of two French priests’ travels across Tibet, Mongolia and China in the mid nineteenth century. Very informative concerning cultural and geographical differences in the region. Quite an adventure!

Am deeply fond of this book. Huc and Gabet were French priests out to convert Mongols. Don't be put off: they have the attitude of explorers, they write a fantastic, lively travel book and they fail to make conversions. Unlike other old travels they aren't rude about the Mongols or their way of life