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The Triad Society: Or Heaven and Earth Association (Classic Reprint)
Volumes XXI. and XXII. of the China Review, an attempt has been made to show what the much spoken of ind written alwut Chinese organiiition, lo which foreigners have applied the name ofT riad Society really is. That it is a secret society of some kind most residents in (3liina and in places where there are lare Chinese coromnnitios, as well as those who...
Volumes XXI. and XXII. of the China Review, an attempt has been made to show what the much spoken of ind written alwut Chinese organiiition, lo which foreigners have applied the name ofT riad Society really is. That it is a secret society of some kind most residents in (3liina and in places where there are lare Chinese coromnnitios, as well as those who read books or newspapers which discuss Chinese affairs, understand. Comparatively few, however, know anything of tlie history, organisation, aims and saorei working of the dreaded Society. The authors long intercourse, as a Police Detective Officer with the ChtneM and especially with the classes to which members of theS ociety mainly belong, and his ability to converse with them in their own tongue, have afforded him opportnuitios, such as few foreigners have bad, of obtaining books and insignia, and of gathering information regarding the subject treated. This information he has attempted to place before the reader in as agroeabfo a form as a snbjeoi raiuiring numerous translations will permit. The name Triad Society, which is a translation of tiie nameS an Ho Hin conferred on the organization by Chinese non-members, has been used as the name of theS ociety so long and so often that it has been adopted as the title, along with that which the members themselves give it, and which is therefore the more correct of the 7ii Ti Hin or Heaven andE arthA ssociation. In rendering Chinese words into an Bnglish form the mandarin pronunciation has been adopted both in the historical and ceremonial parts of the book. Considering how comparatively few speakers of the mandarin dialect are members of theS ociety the writer had some doubt as to the advisability of this cause, boi as about an equal number of the brotherhood are Cantonese, Fokienese, and I lakka, and only speak their own respective dialects, he thought it bette(Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)
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