John Nicol in China - the 1790's

from The Life and Adventures of John Nicol, Mariner, pages 160-161:

We sailed for Wampoa, where I was kindly received by my Chinese friends... ...There is no change of fashion: the oldest articles you can fall in with are the same make and fashion as the newest, and a traveller who visited the country two hundred years ago could know no difference but in the men. They would be new, the old having died; the present race, I may say, wearing their dress and inhabiting their houses without the least change in the general appearance. The only instrument of music I saw was a bagpipe, like the small Lowland pipe, on which they play well. Their gongs cannot be…   more >>
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John Nicol, and Tim Flannery (ed.), The Life and Adventures of John Nicol, Mariner (2000), p. 160-161. accessed: 25 April, 2024

location of experience: China


John Nicol

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Chinese folk music

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1790's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors


John Nicol, mariner, born 1755 in Currie near Edinburgh, recounted his travels over 25 years of seafaring to John Howell of Edinburgh in 1822. This episode took place during a visit to China while serving aboard the Nottingham, 1793-94 According to Nicol, Joss is a river deity, to whom sacrifices of burned paper were made on every sampan whenever the weather turned bad

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Sat, 08 Mar 2014 17:10:13 +0000