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CONDITION OF MONASTERIES.
King believed everything the ambassador said. He did not doubt a single word.a
Not only are the histories, but also the theological works of Siam and other Buddhistical kingdoms, filled with similar legends and absurdities. The late King of Siam, whilst he was associated with the priesthood, determined to purify the text of the Pali books. Many of the more childish observances of the modern ritual were pronounced to be without authority, and a vast mass of commentaries and fables were declared to be interpolations and corruptions of pure Buddhism. The present King is doing his utmost to purge the monasteries, which, from laxity in carrying out the rules, and the dislike of reporting acts which would, according to the law, lead to cruel punishments, had in many cases become mere nests of debauchery. Before noticing the present degraded state of Buddhism in Zimme, I will give the maxims of the priestly orders in Siam, which, according to La Loubere, are as follows :a
a Kill no human being.
Avoid the sins of the flesh.
Boast not of your own sanctity.
Do not break up the ground.
Destroy no tree.
Kill no animal.
Drink no intoxicating beverage.
Eat no rice after mid-day.
Regard not song, dance, or music.
Use no perfumes about your persons.Use no perfumes about your persons.