200 The Glyphce Bhatteh.
fiery youth, who gave her kiss for kiss. How the transformation was wrought I
have no idea, but there it was before our very eyes. The music grew soft and
passionate, the chorus of the old women came out, and with strange Phallic songs
and dances bore the two away — a bridal pair. I never expect again to behold a
sight so wonderful as that whole transformation, which, I may mention, my
learned Jesuit friend, to whom I described it, regards as a piece of pure symbol¬
ism. His explanation is too long and too learned to quote, but he connects the
ceremony with the world-old myth of Venus and Adonis, and claims that it is all
a form of sun-worship.
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" The show went on for some time longer with many curious feats. At the end
of an hour the Phallic procession returned, but this time the Bayadere led it, a
strange triumph in her eyes, while the youth lay upon the couch sleeping. The
Phallic chorus sank into a dirge, the youth faded visibly; he was again the
shrivelled dotard; he sighed, then breathed no more. Luan Prabana retired
sorrowfully; Norodom and Tepada wrapped the corpse again in its interminable
shrouds, restored it to the coffin, and it was borne away again. The attendants
climbed up to and extinguished the lights. I was blindfolded and borne away
again. 1 found myself once more at the doorway of the temple in the broad
sunshine with my friends — as the mystic ceremonies of the great temple of
Juthia were over, it may be for many years."
" With strange Phallic songs and dances bore the two away — a
bridal pair." " Venus and Adonis — a form of sun-worship."
" The Phallic chorus sunk into a dirge." Can anything be plainer
or more direct in confirmatory proof of what I had written in this
book, than this excerpt from a newspaper, dated April n, 1874,
months after this book was completed, — but the appearance of
which necessitated a brief additional page or two ? There is no
need to go to far-off Siam to witness such marvels, or to learn their
strange principia, for I have not only witnessed displays of High
Magic in this country, quite as marvellous, but different from the
above, but have myself performed the feat of Fire-drawing, and
came very near destroying the life of a woman who assisted at the
rite, and but for the quick, brave, self-sacrificing action of Dr.
Charles Main, of Boston, that woman would have been slain by fire
drawn down from the aereal spaces by principles known to me.
For fifteen years I sought a female of the right organization — an
European or American Luan Prabana [the Fair and Virgin invoca-
tress] —and not till March, 1874, did I find her. Her Self-will, and
brother-in-law's [he was a Pupil] lack of decision, and his weighing
of less than three dollars' expense against the possession of the
loftiest Magic earth ever saw, determined me to seek elsewhere for
the true material — which, it is needless to say, I have found