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Schlagintweit, Emil
Buddhism in Tibet: illustrated by literary documents and objects — Leipzig, 1863

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CHAPTER XVII.

DESCRIPTION OF VARIOUS TABLES USED
FOR ASTROLOGICAL PURPOSES.

Importance attributed to Astrology.—I. Tables for indicating lucky and
unlucky Periods. 1. The elements and cyclic animals. 2. The spirits of
the season. 3. Figures and oracles for determining the character of a given
day.—II. Tables for direction in important Undertakings 1. The square
tortoise. 2. The circular tortoise. — III. Tables of Destiny in cases of
Sickness. 1. The human figures. 2. Allegorical figures and dice.—IV. Tables
of Marriage. 1. Table with numerals. 2. Table with cyclic animals.—
V. A Soothsaying Table with numerous Figures and Sentences.

Importance attributed to astrology.

The Tibetans, like all primitive nations, attribute to
the position of the sun in reference to the constellations,
to the planets, to the direct active interference of gods
and spirits, and such like, a very considerable influence
upon the welfare of man in this and in future existences.
To their priests, the Lamas, they ascribe the faculty of
deciding what circumstances are to be considered as favour-
able, and what unfavourable, for counteracting the effect
of influences prejudicial to man, and for obtaining the
assistance of benevolent spirits. These ends they seek to
 
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