吉祥 CHAPTER IV - RENEWED INVASION OF SAVAGES
棋牌如意吉祥棋牌榆树榆树We advanced from the river Arguna by easy and moderate journeys,and were very visibly obliged to the care the Czar has taken tohave cities and towns built in as many places as it is possible toplace them, where his soldiers keep garrison, something like thestationary soldiers placed by the Romans in the remotest countriesof their empire; some of which I had read of were placed inBritain, for the security of commerce, and for the lodging oftravellers. Thus it was here; for wherever we came, though atthese towns and stations the garrisons and governors were Russians,and professed Christians, yet the inhabitants were mere pagans,sacrificing to idols, and worshipping the sun, moon, and stars, orall the host of heaven; and not only so, but were, of all theheathens and pagans that ever I met with, the most barbarous,except only that they did not eat men's flesh.
吉祥棋牌Some instances of this we met with in the country between Arguna,where we enter the Muscovite dominions, and a city of Tartars andRussians together, called Nortziousky, in which is a continueddesert or forest, which cost us twenty days to travel over. In avillage near the last of these places I had the curiosity to go andsee their way of living, which is most brutish and unsufferable.They had, I suppose, a great sacrifice that day; for there stoodout, upon an old stump of a tree, a diabolical kind of idol made ofwood; it was dressed up, too, in the most filthy manner; its uppergarment was of sheepskins, with the wool outward; a great Tartarbonnet on the head, with two horns growing through it; it was abouteight feet high, yet had no feet or legs, nor any other proportionof parts.如意吉祥棋牌榆树榆树吉祥This scarecrow was set up at the outer side of the village; andwhen I came near to it there were sixteen or seventeen creaturesall lying flat upon the ground round this hideous block of wood; Isaw no motion among them, any more than if they had been all logs,like the idol, and at first I really thought they had been so; but,when I came a little nearer, they started up upon their feet, andraised a howl, as if it had been so many deep-mouthed hounds, andwalked away, as if they were displeased at our disturbing them. Alittle way off from the idol, and at the door of a hut, made ofsheep and cow skins dried, stood three men with long knives intheir hands; and in the middle of the tent appeared three sheepkilled, and one young bullock. These, it seems, were sacrifices tothat senseless log of an idol; the three men were priests belongingto it, and the seventeen prostrated wretches were the people whobrought the offering, and were offering their prayers to thatstock.棋牌
榆树I confess I was more moved at their stupidity and brutish worshipof a hobgoblin than ever I was at anything in my life, and,overcome with rage, I rode up to the hideous idol, and with mysword made a stroke at the bonnet that was on its head, and cut itin two; and one of our men that was with me, taking hold of thesheepskin that covered it, pulled at it, when, behold, a mosthideous outcry ran through the village, and two or three hundredpeople came about my ears, so that I was glad to scour for it, forsome had bows and arrows; but I resolved from that moment to visitthem again. Our caravan rested three nights at the town, which wasabout four miles off, in order to provide some horses which theywanted, several of the horses having been lamed and jaded with thelong march over the last desert; so we had some leisure here to putmy design in execution. I communicated it to the Scots merchant,of whose courage I had sufficient testimony; I told him what I hadseen, and with what indignation I had since thought that humannature could be so degenerate; I told him if I could get but fouror five men well armed to go with me, I was resolved to go anddestroy that vile, abominable idol, and let them see that it had nopower to help itself, and consequently could not be an object ofworship, or to be prayed to, much less help them that offeredsacrifices to it.吉祥棋牌详情