By Ole Bruun
Feng Shui has been recognized within the West for the final one hundred fifty years yet has normally been considered as a primitive superstition. in the course of the glossy interval successive regimes in China have suppressed its perform. despite the fact that, within the previous few many years Feng Shui has turn into an international religious circulate with expert institutions, millions of titles released at the topic, numerous web content dedicated to it and thousands of clients. during this publication Ole Bruun explains Feng Shui's chinese language origins and meanings in addition to its more moderen Western interpretations and worldwide attraction. in contrast to the abundance of renowned manuals, his creation treats chinese language Feng Shui as an instructional topic, bridging faith, historical past and sociology. person chapters clarify: • the chinese language religious-philosophical history • chinese language makes use of in rural and concrete parts • the heritage of Feng Shui's reinterpretation within the West • environmental views and different concerns
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The founding emperor, Wendi, did perform the ancient oraclebone form of divination for timing and placement, but nothing of the sort linked to feng shui. The principal guiding lines for the city were drawn from the Zhou li, thus having the city face south, the outer walls forming a square (although in this case a rectangle), the central north–south street forming a principal axis, and the east, west and south walls having three gates each. Yet the Zhou li was not followed in full; the placement of the royal palace was not in the front but the back of the city, the number of streets exceeded the prescribed and the placement of markets was practically chosen.
Most of the Chinese have very hazy notions on the subject. Many, however, not professionals in the art, but who study Geomancy as a science, have some distant inklings of the truth, and after repeated conversations, enquiries on the subject, and on inspection of the Geomantic books, which, indeed, I could make little of, I have come to the conclusion that Fung-shui is simply terrestrial magnetism . . Perhaps some of the contributors to ‘Notes and Queries’ could throw some further light upon the subject.
They argued that local people were worried about feng shui interference and that the missionaries had to consider public opinion. Similarly, they held that officials could not change the opinions of the people (Carlson 1974: 117), although for centuries the persecution of heretic sects had involved rectifying the beliefs of the people. The Qing rulers exhibited great skills in sensing contradiction among their enemies; in this matter they could play on the common criticism of missionary activity among the missionaries’ own governments and in the foreign communities in China.