This Compilation consists of 24 essays describing various aspects of the Triad organizations in Mainland China and elsewhere. These essays broaden the information found in the works of G. Schlegel and W. Stanton.
This work covers – Secret societies in China. A. Wylie; Secret societies in China. Blackwood; On the secret Triad society of China. Gutzlaff; The Boxers and other Chinese secret societies. Hamm; Some account of the Chinese secret societies. Kesson; The Chinese secret triad society of the Tiandi Hui. Newbold and Wilson; The Gelao 哥老 secret society. Playfair; Some accounts of a secret association in China, entitled the Triad society. Milne; Evils of forming illegal associations, etc. Bridgman; Secret societies among the Chinese in Singapore. Anon; Secret societies in China. Balfour; Freemasonry in China. Giles; Militant spirit of the Buddhist clergy in China. de Groot.; Secret sects in Shantung. Porter; Secret languages in Europe and China. Schlegel; The Xiesheng Tang 協胜堂 of Chinatown and Chinese secret societies in America. Crane; Oath taken by members of the Triad society, and notices of its origin. Williams; Imperial denunciation of the Fengshui. ABC; Religious sects in North China. Edkins; The books of the modern religious sects in North China. Edkins; Chinese secret societies. Cordier; Chinese secret societies and their origin. Pickering; Among the Highbinders; An account of chinese secret societies. Masters; Mr. William Stanton on the Triad society, etc. Ball.
The terminology covering 1916 terms has been updated to pinyin and cross-checked with the works of G. Schlegel and W. Stanton. The compilation also include 42 enhanced illustrations and over 100 updated references. In sections pertaining to the rituals, when a correspondence exists with other works (e.g. Schlegel or Stanton), the correspondence is marked under brackets.