THE COURT OF SIAM a.d.
profess'd amongst all the Nations from the River Indus to the extremity of the East, except that at the Court of the Grand Mogul, and in his great Cities, as also in Sum-matra, Java, Celebes, and other neighbouring Islands the Mahometism has gain'd so much ground, that it seems to prevail above it. This general Paganism, (which is to be distinguished from the Religion of the old Persians worshipping the Sun, now almost extinct) tho5 branch'd
Fig. 20. A sort of an altar, with Fig. 21. A pyramid such as the a cup or pot at the top, which on Siamites commonly place about their festival days is filled with their temples, and in other holy flowers, as an offering to their places. It is, as it were, cloven at . Gods. the top.
out into several Sects and Opinions, according to the various Customs, Languages and Interpretations, yet is of one and the same Origine. The Siamites represent the first Teacher of their Paganism in their Temples, in the figure of a Negro sitting, of a prodigious size, his hair curl'd, the skin black, but as it were out of respect gilt Aver, accompanied on each side by one of his chief Companions, as also before and round about him by the rest of his Apostles and Disciples, all of the same colour and most in the same posture. They believe according to the Brahmans, that the Deity dwelt in him, which he prov'd by his Doctrine, Way of Life, and Revelation. For Wistnu, by which they mean the Deity, having already