The Secret Society of What!

April 27th, 2009

Militant vegetarians aren't what they used to be:

From the "Official Account of the Military Operations in China, 1900-1901" (PRO WO 33/284) compiled by Major E.W.M. Norie, Middlesex Regiment, page 113:

Between the 21st and 23rd July eleven English and American members of the China Inland Mission were murdered at Ch'u-chou by the local train-bands, which had been organized to defend the town against a rising of the secret society of Vegetarians.

Disappointingly, it turns out that the term 'vegetarian' was probably just a shorthand term for various Buddhist groups associated with the Boxer Rebellions.

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