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OCCULT JAPAN


OR


THE WAY OF THE GODS


AN ESOTERIC STUDY OF JAPANESE PERSONALITY AND POSSESSION


BY

PERCIVAL LOWELL


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BOSTON AND NEW YORK

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY

The Riverside Press Cambridge



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A POSSESSION BY THE GODS UPON ONTAKE. Page 6



Copyright, 1894,

By PERCIVAL LOWELL,

All rights reserved.



PREFACE TO THE FOURTH EDITION

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The manifestations of which this book treats were witnessed by the writer in 1891 and 1893. Since then the miracles, he learns, have become one of the sights that visitors are taken to see, and on the fifteenth of April and of September the grounds of his friend the high priest at Kanda show many a tourist from the other side of the world amid the devout crowd about the sacred bed of coals.

The illustrations are from photographs by the writer, taken at the time.

P. L.



CONTENTS.


  1. page
  2. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    1
  3. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    16
  4. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    36
  5. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    97
  6. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    193
  7. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    230
  8. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    270
  9. Noumena:
  10. Self
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    278
  11. Selfhood a Force
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    285
  12. Possession
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    290
  13. Will
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    298
  14. Self as Ideas
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    304
  15. Ideas a Mode of Motion
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    307
  16. Ideas a Force
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    317
  17. Individuality
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    320
  18. The Japanese Character
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    323
  19. Dreams
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    332
  20. Hypnotic Trances
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    343
  21. Possession Trances
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    355
  22. The Shintō Gods
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    368



LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.


  1. PAGE
  2. A Possession by the Gods upon OntakéFrontispiece
  3. A Buddhist Divine Possession
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    162
  4. The Leader of a Pilgrim Band blessing the Holy Water
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    216
  5. A Pilgrim Club ascending Ontaké
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    224


This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.