The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Soul of the Far East by Percival Lowell:|
her younger brother, by her curiosity at the sight of her own face
in a mirror, ingeniously placed before the entrance for the purpose.
But no Japanese would dream now of casting any such reflections,
however flattering, upon the face of the orb of day. The sun has
become not only quite sexless to him, but as devoid of personality
as it is to any Western materialist. Lesser deities suffered a like
unsubstantial transformation. The thunder-god, with his belt of
drums, upon which he beats a devil's tattoo until he is black in the
face, is no longer even indirectly associated with the storm.
As for dryads and nymphs, the beautiful creatures never inhabited
Eastern Asia. Anthropoid foxes and raccoons, wholly lacking in