The Memory Palace Of Matteo Ricci,

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In the book the memory palace of Matteo Ricci, the author Jonathan Spence talks about the Italian preacher Matteo Ricci who spent almost his whole life in China. Spence tries to describe a person who was determined and underwent many difficulties in preaching but never lost his faith in establishing Christian faith among Chinese people by using the memory palace. He divided the book into nine chapters. Despite the preface and the summary of the memory palace, each chapter contains an image or picture which is used for introduction of each chapter. In this way, Spence uses these images and pictures to help the reader build their own memory palace of this book which also well-illustrated the memory method that Matteo Ricci had used – the memory palace. According to Brook (p.831), a memory palace is “a mnemonic method that was popular with sixteenth-century Jesuits for retaining in memory.”
In the book, Matteo Ricci, a pious Christian, tried to impress the Chinese by using his memory skills. He also hoped that they can be interested in his culture and thus interested in God (p. 140). Under that time fierce political and financial situation and religious fermentation, it was really tough for Ricci and other preachers to preach in China. In order to reach goal which make the people in China believe in god, they went through a lot of difficulties. But also because of these difficulties, they shattered Ricci’s original dream which was easy to preaching in a different country into pieces. Ricci and others thus tried to find another accessible and more realistic way to achieve their goals.
One way to approach their goals was translating the thoughts and books in European to Chinese and made the people have access to understand knowledge from the books. Spence used a lot of examples in order to show Ricci was really good at translating. He described how Ricci translated many books by putting some of his thoughts into the article to make them much easier to understand. In the story of the apostle in the waves (p.59), compared to the original story, Ricci was more persuasive and easier to let people think about the picture of the story in mind. For example, he changed the words which used in the article a little bit. Instead of “walking on the sea” and “catches” Peter (the apostle who fell into the water), the Ricci’s Chinese Christ was “standing on the seashore” and “reaching out a hand”. (p.62)These changes made the Chinese Christ tend to have more humanity and also consistent to the pictures that he picked from Images from the book Gospels. Moreover, he added his own conclusion in the end of the story by saying: “If he had not been made to doubt, our faith would have been without foundation. Therefore we give thanks for his faith as we give thanks for his doubt.” (p.62)By giving the conclusion, everyone got to know the purpose of the story and thus could be able to memorize it firmly. And that was exactly Ricci’s goal – to let people understand and...

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