If you didn’t know, archive.org is a treasury of old books about Chinese language and culture (and pretty much everything else really). There are some issues with accessing them though. Their scanning procedures don’t always seem to handle Chinese characters well for one thing (the pdf files are fine though big). Also books are from before the invention of pinyin, which is inconvenient.
Still, lots of great stuff in there. Let me give a small sample from the (dismissively titled but extensive) “Researches into Chinese superstitions” (Vol II) by Henri Doré. I added a list of the characters with pinyin and stuff below. Otherwise I present it as is since I don’t have the knowledge to place it in any meaningful historical or religious context.
|三||三||sān||san1||three, surname San|
|吉||吉||jí||ji2||lucky, surname Ji|
|天||天||tiān||tian1||sky, day, heaven|
|張||张||zhāng||zhang1||to spread, surname Zhang|
|指||指||zhǐ||zhi3||finger, to indicate|
|教||教||jiào||jiao4||religion, surname Jiao|
|門||门||mén||men2||gate, doorway, surname Men|