Denial of Lingchi executions by the famous Sinologists Herbert A. Giles (ID: 347)
GILES, Herbert A. The Civilization of China
Textual_Type: Philosophical and scientific Comment
Event_Alluded: Executions by the slicing process (lingchi), death by a thousand cuts
In the midst of an interesting chapter on Law and Government of Imperial China appears a paragraph where executions to death by the slicing process, or "by a thousand cuts", are said to be so rare as nobody ever witnessed one. Strange to be so assertive in a 1911 writing, when photographs of three different lingchi shot in the heart of Beijing were broadly circulated!
One more example of the denial or downplay of lingchi execution sagagery by Anglo-Saxon writers, such as Couling, Morrison, Alabaster (qq.vv.)
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