National Geographic : 1910 Dec
0 N Thousands of pilgrims come every year from all parts of China to visit the shrinesand temples ofthesacred mountain of Hunan, Nan Yoh Shan, one of the five sacred peaks of China. Early in October more than 10,ooo pilgrims arrive daily. Some of the pilgrims travel from their homes on foot, coming great distances. Theykneel and bow their heads down to the little stcols which they carry in their hands every five, seven, or ten steps, according tothevow they have made. At one end cf the stools are many sticks of incense, the burning of which is part oftheir worship. Inalarge majority of the cases the vows have been made on behalf of a sick mother, and the journeys are taken asanexpression ofthanks giving in case of recovery, or as a prayer for mercies in the other world in case of afatal issue oftheillness. The leader of the above group, who stands at the extreme left, has made annual pilgrimages for20years. Photo from F.A. Keller, by courtesy of "China's Millions," of Toronto.