I should like something else: a little addition to the rite
They practise no rites
of worship, though they believe that in the regions above there dwells a Being that governs the world: whether by this Being they mean the sun or the sky is not known; or, indeed, whether they have not some conception of the God that created them.
From what he had seen and heard Akut was able to explain to Korak that the rites
proclaimed the choosing of a new king, and he pointed out to the boy the massive figure of the shaggy monarch, come into his kingship, no doubt, as many human rulers have come into theirs--by the murder of his predecessor.
My mind, however, is now made up on the subject, for having received ordination at Easter, I have been so fortunate as to be distinguished by the patronage of the Right Honourable Lady Catherine de Bourgh, widow of Sir Lewis de Bourgh, whose bounty and beneficence has preferred me to the valuable rectory of this parish, where it shall be my earnest endeavour to demean myself with grateful respect towards her Ladyship, and be ever ready to perform those rites
and ceremonies which are instituted by the Church of England.
Preparatory to the chase, they performed some religious rites
, and offered up to the Great Spirit a few short prayers for safety and success; then, having received the blessings of their wives, they leaped upon their horses and departed, leaving the whole party of Christian spectators amazed and rebuked by this lesson of faith and dependence on a supreme and benevolent Being.
Not, of course, the fear of war itself, which, in the evolution of sentiments and ideas, has come to be regarded at last as a half-mystic and glorious ceremony with certain fashionable rites
and preliminary incantations, wherein the conception of its true nature has been lost.
And now tell me and tell me true, for how many days would you celebrate the funeral rites
of noble Hector?
The reason was, because the religion of the heathen, consisted rather in rites
and ceremonies, than in any constant belief.
It is a part of the monthly rites
of Issus," he replied, "in which black men wash the sins from their souls in the blood of men from the outer world.
It is, moreover, very-useful in such a state to do as Clisthenes did at Athens, when he was desirous of increasing the power of the people, and as those did who established the democracy in Cyrene; that is, to institute many tribes and fraternities, and to make the religious rites
of private persons few, and those common; and every means is to be contrived to associate and blend the people together as much as possible; and that all former customs be broken through.
For generations they have not numbered more than one or two hundred, but they still adhere to their ancient faith and maintain their ancient rites
With its jagged outline it is like a Monseratt of the Pacific, and you may imagine that there Polynesian knights guard with strange rites
mysteries unholy for men to know.