By Ole Bruun

ISBN-10: 052186352X

ISBN-13: 9780521863520

Feng Shui has been identified within the West for the final one hundred fifty years yet has more often than not been considered as a primitive superstition. throughout the smooth interval successive regimes in China have suppressed its perform. despite the fact that, within the previous few many years Feng Shui has develop into an international religious circulation with expert institutions, millions of titles released at the topic, numerous web content dedicated to it and hundreds of thousands of clients. during this ebook Ole Bruun explains Feng Shui's chinese language origins and meanings in addition to its newer Western interpretations and worldwide attraction. in contrast to the abundance of renowned manuals, his creation treats chinese language Feng Shui as a tutorial topic, bridging faith, historical past and sociology. person chapters clarify: • the chinese language religious-philosophical heritage • chinese language makes use of in rural and concrete components • the background of Feng Shui's reinterpretation within the West • environmental views and different concerns

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The important thing is never to break the dragon vein, lest the spirit disperse, thus auguring ill for the inhabitants. (Huang L. 1984: 483) During the Song, Ming and Qing dynasties, we have ample evidence of the great cosmological importance attributed to temples, pagodas, wall and canals by gentry, local magistrates or local communities. A common theme among the gentry was the influence of these constructions on the ability of local candidates to pass the imperial examinations. Here are two examples from a Late-Ming gazetteer: Some time after 1573 people recklessly excavated a hole in the eastern wall of the prefectural capital, built a bridge, and altered the flow of the water in the moat.

Later elaborations of grave divination have perhaps considered this legend when they came to the conclusion that the same tomb may give blessings to one and cause misfortune to another among the descending family members. The Tang dynasty (618– 907), particularly in the later centuries, marked a further propagation of the doctrines of Daoism and Buddhism, which again created a favourable environment for geomantic philosophy. Literature, both of philosophy and poetry, flourished during the Tang period, and also a large body of Buddhist literature was translated from Sanskrit into Chinese.

At the same time, Buddhist influence was felt in many areas of life. Previously, graves had been of great significance, but to individuals more than to groups, and the greatest emphasis was on the graves of recent ancestors. Under Buddhist influence, offerings to ancestors expanded to include seven generations as compared to the Confucian four generations; Buddhism competed with Confucian values and held that its ways of caring for the dead were the most filial. The Qingming Festival (see Chapter 3), previously a ‘cold food’ festival, became an occasion for visiting graves only in the Tang dynasty.

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