350 EMBASSY TO SIAM
Gautama represented dead, with one of his disciples worshipping him.
Buddhist religion.a Its doctrines and precepts.a Duties of the Talapoins.a History of the Buddhist religion.a Its effects on the character and manners of the people.a Government.a Attributes of the King.a Siamese nobility.a Division of the people and conscription.a Administration. a Revenue.a Arms and Insignia.a Law.a Written Code.a Evidence.a Contracts.a Inheritance. a Marriages.a Military force.
The worship of Buddha is nearly universal in the countries lying between Bengal and Cochin China. In its doctrine, practice, and morality, it is the same religion that prevails in the island of Ceylon, but appears materially to differ from the Buddhism of Tartary, Hindoostan, China, Japan, and Anam, as will appear by the following short sketch of it. The leading doctrine of the religion of Buddha is that of the transmigration of souls. Its followers believe in a kind of immortality of the soul, and in the doctrine of rewards and punishments after death : they are of opinion, that after a suitable number of transmigrations, and the practice of the requisite virtues in each state, the souls of good men, after being received into a succession of heavens, will be at length admitted into a state of perfect felicity. This state, in which men are no