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multitudes around me. How super-| hell ?" He replied, " In secret I can stitious! How degraded! How en
serve God, while openly I can appear tirely destitute of any qualification indifferent; for the Scriptures teach necessary to enter heaven! The that it is a new and holy disposition harvest is great, but o, how few the which God requires; and if I have laborers ! On every side of me I see this disposition, I shall go to heaven labor of the most pressing impor- when I die.” I said “Surely you tance demanded, and yet I have nei- will; but if you have a spiritual ther courage nor strength to under- mind, you cannot refrain from avowtake much. This passage encour- ing your attachment to Jesus Christ, ages me, “Who bath despised the and you will think it no small favor day of small things ? "
that you are counted worthy of suf15. Br. Cutter is making prepa- fering for the name of Christ.” rations to leave Aya, at least for a
How hard it is to convince men season, on account of sister Cutter's that it is for their interest to be alpoor health. Her constitution, I fear, together on the side of God,- to be will never be able to endure the not almost but altogether Christians. withering influence of this climate.
Visit to a Chinese Temple. A few visiters to-day, who listened with apparent earnestness to the 22. Left Ava early this morning blessed Gospel. Thought much of in a boat: visited one large village the report which the seventy made on the way, and reached Umerapooafter returning from their missionary ra about il o'clock. Besides some tour,—" Even the devils are subject other places, went to a Chinese temto us." No power of man, or power ple, the most celebrated one this of darkness now prospers against us, people have in the Burinan empire. for we are on the Lord's side. The entrance is by a massy gate,
17. About 7 o'clock this inorning, on which are sketched figures of the we accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Cut- inost grotesque kind. The wide ter to the boat. They have been pathway leading to the inner recesses here seven months and seventeen of the temple is beautifully paved days. We regret being left alone with smooth gray stones; and on again, so far from all civilized so each side, for a considerable disciety.
tance, are small rooms, said to be the My assembly, to day, was as large resort of the vilest characters. Great as usual. Two strangers remained numbers of Chinese were walking a long time, making inquiries about about; others were seated at tables, the origin of the Christian religion. eating and drinking; others were I hope they went away with a little smoking opium, and a large number light on this momentous subject. appeared to be intoxicated, some Have thought much of preaching the with opium, and others with sam sam, Gospel in some of the public zayats a distillation peculiar to the Chinese. in and around the city ; but whether Those who are confirmed opiumI should be allowed or not is quite mokers, exbibit the most haggard, uncertain.
deathly countenances imaginable. 19. Tivo Government men with There was a company of musicians their attendants called, and spent situated near the entrance of the about three hours. One of them inner apartments of the temple. professes to be a firm believer in the They had a variety of instruments, Gospel of Christ. He has no idea and exbibited great dexterity in their of ever espousing the cause openly, various movements and attitudes; “ for,” says he, “I should lose my but I could discover nothing in their head as soon as it was known." nusic but a variety of deafening “ Very well,” I said, “ Had you not sounds, all harsh and discordani. rather be on the side of God and of Indeed, they seem to have no idea truth, and suffer death, than to have of harmony and melody. I soon the favors of the world, and go to found myself in a large room, surrounded by a number of idols, and stond the feeble efforts made in Ava. many Chinese making their prostra- On ten thousand altars the people tions. The burning tapers which offer incense to demons; but God, were placed on tables before the the Lord of the whole earth, has idols, shed a feeble light on the sent forth his word, and he has given surrounding objects. I felt that this a promise that this word shall not rewas the abode of demons. A hun-turn void. Blessed be God, we do dred voices in the uncouth language not labor in vain: we shall reap, if of China,—the deafening sound of we faint not. more uncouth music without, and the darkness of the place, together
Application for Buptism. with the revolting objects on every 28. Two of our inquirers, Muh side of me, sickened my heart. One Shan and Mah Pwau, have asked idol in this gloomy apartment is ex- for baptism. The former is about ecuted exceedingly well. The sculp- 40, the latter about 60 years old. ture and the polishing is superior to They appear very well, and I do hope any thing of the kind I have before they know the grace of our Lord seen in India. It is the figure of a Jesus Christ. The eldest says she female as large as life, formed of the has been all her life adoring the three purest white marble, and the drapery objects of worship, the idols, the exhibits a delicacy of taste which I law, and the priests, and has lived in did not suppose existed in Burmah.
hope of annihilation, till some months Leaving this apartment I went in- ago she heard Kó Gwa (the fine to another, more spacious and equally old man who was baptized in May) dark. Here are three large images, preach about Jesus Christ the Satwo of which represent demons. (viour of sinners. These words juĉiiBefore these, great numbers were etrated ber heart, and she could prostrating themselves in the most hirdly think of any thing else night humble manner. I began to dis- or day. Long since she left off cuss the subject of religion, and tell heathen worship, and now finds them of an eternal God; but before much comfort in listening to the I had proceeded far, some became Gospel. This is the language of a noisy and showed so much of a poor old heathen woman.
We hope riotous spirit that I withdrew. she is taught of God, and that one
How singular that the Chinese, day she will shine as a star in the who are so far ahead of all other kingdom of heaven. heathen nations in civilization, Mah Shan has been an inquirer are equally degraded and supersti- but a Ettle time, but she appears tious. The Hottentots of Africa sincerely attached to the Gospel. cannot be more degraded in their 29. We had a singular visiter to-day morals, or debased in their feelings. -a little girl 10 years old,completely
24. Had eighteen at the morning, covered with hair about five inches and fifteen at the evening worship. long, very soft and light colored. Her Only two or three inquirers all day, father is a hairy man. He is a Shan, and these manifested but little anx- and was brought to Umerapoora by iety about the truth.
the old king. I was struck with the 25. Two persons, to-day, appear-features of this child. Was it not ed very well in conversation. They that the hair was parted in front, so have been inquirers for months, and that she could see, you would not I have some faint hope that they are know by the shape of her head, not far from the kingdom of heaven ; which was the front or back part. yet it is with trembling that I hope, Her nose, cars, cheeks, and even so many seem to go on well some her arms were covered with long, time and then fall back, or else re- silky hair. She answered a variety main on neutral ground so far as of questions with as much propriety outward appearance is concerned. as most children of her age, and was O that a heavenly unction might at- I very mannerly in her language.
31. Had an assembly of 34, in- worldly avocations, and assemble cluding nine school children. I around the altar of God. With one preached to them in the morning on heart and one voice we cry to the the first chapter of St. Paul's epis. Lord of Hosts, and we often feel that tle to the Hebrews. After the ser- He who walketh in the midst of the vices were closed, we had consider- golden candlesticks, enlarges our able conversation with the two hearts, and fills us with joyful hope. females who had offered themselves Fourteen besides our usual assemfor baptism : we rejoice to see them bly listened to the discourse: several giving glory to Christ, as the Saviour of them were strangers, and the othof their souls. There were so inany ers were inquirers. strangers present, that we thought best to defer their baptism till soine | Baplism of Mah Shan and Mah Pwau. other time.
9. Hid a further examination of Sept. 2. Had much conversation Mah Shan and Mah Pwau. Mah with a very intelligert Brahmin- Shan says, from the first day she he is 31 years old, is one of the heard the Gospel her heart was king's astronomers, and has read distressed, and she did not dare to our books for some months past. worship idols : some time after she As he was going away, he said, began to pray, and now she feels “ This law is very humbling, and I happy in thinking of the Son of God must confess it bears the marks of who is able to save her soul. having a Divine origin.”
Mah Pwan, on being asked what 3. Visited two villages in the she should do when reviled and callmorning. Had no success in one, ed an heretic, said she would rebut in the other got about 20 to listen main silent, and think of the holy for some time. Returned home ex- law of God. We went down to hausted, and a good deal discourar. the waters of the Irrawaddy with ed. The blindness and superstition joyful bearts. A greater number of the beathen present such an ob- witnessed this baptism than any othstacle to the spread of the Gospel, er performed in Ava. that were it not for former exainples 13. More than 50 persons called I should lose all hope. Between at the house for books: from all I 40 and 50 priests called at the house could perceive, curiosity inore than towards evening and begged for any thing else induced the greater books.
4. Several apparently honest in- 14. Had a fine congregation,-14 quirers at the house. One man said or 15, besides the common assembly. he felt certain that this was the true One man from the Palace-he listreligion.
ened to the discourse, and staid an 5. Two of our disciples, Moung hour or two for conversation. I Kai and Moung Shway Nee are very preached from this passage : One sick with fever. Fever prevails thing thou lackest. 1 urged the nethrough the whole city, and hardly cessity of examining the heart, for an hour in the 24 but funeral pro- without holiness no cessions are passing. The whole saved from bell. It is a blessed country has lately been inundated privilege to point sinners to the from the immense rains, that have Lamb of God. fallen in the Shan countries to the 15. Letters from Manlmein aneast, and upper provinces of Burmah nounce the death of sister Cumto the north. The waters are now mings. Long will the Karen Chrisdrying up, and to this cause I attrib- tian remember the labor of love, ute the prevalence of fever.
which shrunk not from pestilence 7. Lord's day morning has bronght and death, in order to make the wiltogether all the native Christians. derness and solitary places joyful in What a blessed institution is the Sab- the praises of God. bath day! The church lay aside their O God! sanctify this afflicting dis
part to rall.
KINCAID TO MR. JUDSON.
pensation of thy providence to the no compromising course without good of us who still live.
betraying my trust, and bringing disgrace on the name of Christ.
The ministers are aware that a growEXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM MR. ing interest is felt among the people
on the subject of religion, and great The following extract of a letter for- numbers, for two monilis past, have warded by Mr. J. contains the latest in. been coming to the house to get telligence we have received of the Mis books and converse un religion. This sion at Ava. It is datud Ava, November undoubtedly has considerable influ
ence on their minds; but I think the 11, 1831.
immediate cause of that violent opUp to the present time, most of position, which they now manifest, the ministers continue in a threaten arises froin another quarter. Mr. ing attitude, yet there is a little Low, the English merchant here, change in the minds of some for the was long been making efforts, to get better. They insist on my leaving a sum of money which was due him the country, and are trying to find from the heir apparent. Two days out those who have become converts; before I was called up, the Woonbut the cautious, hesitating course gees paid the money for the prince, they pursue, induces ine lo nope that but under such circumstances that by-and-by they will become pacified. they declared vengeance on foreignThey have given me a hunt inüt some The very next day an order presents will be acceptable, but I was issued to allow no person to have given them nothing, and con- pass through the gates of the city clude that it will be best to abide by after dusk; this every body knew They declire that
was intended to annoy white forpreaching and giving books is the eigners, particularly the English. same thing, and they can no more The next day I was summoned, and allow the one than the other. All they gave túil vent to their spleen. the disciples appear tiind, except I hope it will wear off, but have Moung Roi,-he appears insensible many tears that they will push to the to fear.
The ministers are anxious last extremity. to have me promise to preach no Your ever affectionate brother, more and give no inore books; buti cannot make any such promise; il
E. KINCAID. is better to die or be driven away, than to give tiiein any encouragement of this kind. It appears to me like betraying Christ to even thinki of such a thing, and that skulking in
(Continued from p. 206.) the cause of Christ will answer no good end. They say that the mer. Jan. 22. Ya-bu-tha.
We are ests of religion prompt tiem tu opo among the Nicet-thoos to night, and pose me; and I doubt not but the rind ourselves surrounded by somequeen's brother actually thinks that thing of a Christian atmosphere. be shall merit nike bun by frownmg Our host, who is head man of his on heresy, as he calls it. I have village, has been favorabiy inclined some hopes that the storm will blow to religion for some time, and after over, and leave the atmosphere more worship this evening, he and his pure than it was before. I would wife came forward and, for the first give any thing, if I had your counsel time, requested baptisın. Through just at this moment. I should teel re- bis example, (for these head inen lieved of an iminense responsibility. I have considerable influence, several One expedient after another rises of our audience lent a listening ear up in my mind, but none of them to the truth, though their hearts, it appear practicable. I can think of, is feared, are untuuched.
JOURNAL OF MR. MASON.
Karen Funeral Rites. never crow in the night, I am told; 23. Mee-pa-tu. On our way or if one does it is immediately killhither we stopped at Poung-dau ed and eaten. where we found rather a shrewd in- The chorusses are sung in more dividual in the head man, but cloth. lamentable strains than the other ed in a panoply that rendered him parts of their songs, and are usually invincible to the truth, being, with slightly varied; but frequently the all his people, either intoxicated or change is in a mere euphonic parnearly so, preparing to celebrate a ticle. funeral in the neighborhood. The They make great wailing at their Karen funeral ceremonies are whol- funerals; and as the people one after ly different from those of the nations another arrive at the house of around them. They burn the body booth, they burst out in expressions now; but anciently, they say, they like the following: "Wue is ine, always buried. The dead are wrap woe is me,-what is the matter? O ped in such clothes of the deceased mother, now affliction has come to as the friends can command, and then me truly. Alas! (addressing the bound round with bands or threads deceased) formerly I held pleasant of various colors. If an old person, intercourse with you. Alas! alas) the body is immediately burnt, and what shall I do? O Lord, let him a bone, usually the back bone, is not go where he will be subject to preserved in the house of the de- sufferings." ceased, until a convenient time can If the person came from a distance, be appointed for all the neighbors food is brought for him. Before he to assemble and perform the funeral eats, he addresses the body, “O de. rites, which they call the “ feast ot ceased, come eat and drink with me, the bone."
O deceased, come eat and drink with If young, the burning of the corpse me as formerly.” is deferred two or three days, and In the various dirges that are funeral rites perforined round the sung, everything connected with body, as well as round the bones. funeral rites is expressed in metaThere is no difference between the phorical language, derived from ceremonies performed with the body things around. The following are and those performed with the bone. specimens of their dirges: The body or the bone is laid out in the centre of a large booth, anu One house post smoothed red, round it are hung the articles belong. Stamping round a smooth path,
Two house ports roothed red, ing to the deceased, -as his knite, Beating round a smooth patis; clothes, &c.
Catch it red cock of Hades: A liglit is placed near the head, He will crow at night, and show the dawg and another near the feet, to repre
with facility. sent the morning and evening stars
Chorus. v deceased, deceased, art thop
dead? Hast thou deparied? which, the Karens say, are spirits We speak, we call, bui he cannot reply. going to Hades with lights in their hands, The company then com. One house post smoothed white, mence singing and marching in a Two house posts smoothed white; circle round the body, keeping time Stamping round to the starting point, with their feet. One sex only sings Beating round to the starting point;
Catch a white cock of Hades: and marches at a time, and thus the He will crow at night, and show ibe inen and women relieve each other
morn with facility. alternately. Not without reason, Chorus. (deceased, deceased, art thon they lear they shall be unable to dead? Hast thou deparied? awake early, and hence they call for We speak, we call, but he cannot reply. a cock from Flades, where the days
The light at the head of the corpse is red and nights being the reverse of ours,
red, the cocks crow in the night as ours The light at the foot of the corpse is red do in the day. The Karen cocks red,