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Bonzee and Bonzary

Bonzee was a name referring to Chinese Buddhist used by Jesuit missionaries in 18th Century.  And so a Bonzary was a Buddhist convents or temple of Bonzee.


A Chinese Bonzee often seen begging alms in the street with their bowls, a wooden bell which he would beat now and then to announce his approaching or attraction attention of the donor. A begging Bonzee normally kept silent and very solemn.

Buddha was said to go out begging only in the morning and never beg and eat after noon.

A Bonzee beggin

Jesuits believed that it was necessary to become all things to all men, in order to gain over men to Christ,[1] so they in India became a Braman; in Siam a Talapoin; in China either a Bonzee, or a Confucian and philosopher; in Africa they appeared as Marabou. [2]

Some times they appeared before Chinese as a Bonzee or a Confucianist.

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[1]A Description Of The Solemnities Observed At Pe-king, When The Emperor's Mother Entered On The Sixtieth Year Of Her Age. Miscellaneous pieces relating to the Chinese. Vol. II)

[2]Authentic Memoirs of the Christian Church in China: from the German of J. L. de Mshem. Miscellaneous pieces relating to the Chinese. Vol. II)

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