Posted by: Randall Niles | October 23, 2009

Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China

“Of old in the beginning, there was the great chaos, without form and dark. The five elements [planets] had not begun to revolve, nor the sun and moon to shine. You, O Spiritual Sovereign [ShangDi], first divided the grosser parts from the purer. You made heaven. You made earth. You made man. All things with their reproducing power got their being.”

— Chinese emperor recitation from the ancient “Border Sacrifice,” translated by James Legge, The Notions of the Chinese Concerning God and Spirits, Hong Kong Register Office, 1852, p. 28.

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