Boxer wedding--Special god of the Boxers--Boxer altars-- Incriminating documents in the Viceroy's yamên--Sacred edict issued by the Lord of Wealth and Happiness--A divine prescription--The real leader of the Boxers--His descent--The active leader of the Boxers and his influence over the fanatics --Political and religious movement.
FOLLOWING the Buddhist fashion, Boxers became married to their religion; in fact a Boxer, once initiated, occupied much the same position as a novice in a Buddhist monastery.
The special god of the Ih-hwo-Ch'uan society was the Buddhist god of war, the red-faced guardian of the west, Kwai-fu-tze or Kwan-ti, to be carefully distinguished from the second god of war, with a black countenance. The image of Kwai-fu-tze could be seen in all its glory on all the Boxer altars, in their assembly-halls (Loo), in the residences of the principal leaders, and in Boxer camps. In Pekin the Manchus had erected Boxer altars in various places, and the Empress herself, when the Boxer movement was authorised and approved by her, ordered Boxer altars (which were nothing else but Buddhist) to be erected in her private apartment, as well as in other parts of the Imperial Palace.