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By Ole Bruun

ISBN-10: 052186352X

ISBN-13: 9780521863520

Feng Shui has been recognized within the West for the final a hundred and fifty years yet has in general been considered as a primitive superstition. in the course of the glossy interval successive regimes in China have suppressed its perform. notwithstanding, within the previous couple of a long time Feng Shui has develop into a world religious circulate with expert institutions, hundreds of thousands of titles released at the topic, numerous web pages dedicated to it and hundreds of thousands of clients. during this publication Ole Bruun explains Feng Shui's chinese language origins and meanings in addition to its newer Western interpretations and worldwide allure. in contrast to the abundance of well known manuals, his advent treats chinese language Feng Shui as an instructional 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 heritage of Feng Shui's reinterpretation within the West • environmental views and different matters

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An Introduction to Feng Shui (Introduction to Religion)

Feng Shui has been identified within the West for the final a hundred and fifty years yet has in general been considered as a primitive superstition. throughout the smooth interval successive regimes in China have suppressed its perform. even though, within the previous few a long time Feng Shui has develop into an international non secular move with expert institutions, hundreds of thousands of titles released at the topic, numerous web pages dedicated to it and thousands of clients.

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He complains that ‘there is no lack of charlatans who take advantage of human psychology and hoodwink people by saying they can bring riches, power, long life and blessings to believers by some magic formula’ (Huang L. 1984: 552). ’ A locality with a large population is endowed with a huge amount of the spirit. Digging indiscriminately without considering the contours of the land can break the dragon vein, which is inauspicious for the inhabitants. It is advisable, then, to make a survey of the topography from a high place to see where the dragon vein is .

He complains that ‘there is no lack of charlatans who take advantage of human psychology and hoodwink people by saying they can bring riches, power, long life and blessings to believers by some magic formula’ (Huang L. 1984: 552). ’ A locality with a large population is endowed with a huge amount of the spirit. Digging indiscriminately without considering the contours of the land can break the dragon vein, which is inauspicious for the inhabitants. It is advisable, then, to make a survey of the topography from a high place to see where the dragon vein is .

Richard J. Smith concludes: ‘where evidence exists from the Chinese side, whether in the form of official documents, letters, anecdotes, proverbs, popular fiction, or scholarly indictments of fortune-telling, it almost invariably confirms the accuracy of Western accounts’ (R. Smith 1991: 6). A seventeenth-century manual for local magistrates, for instance, advises feng shui considerations in the construction of ditches for defending cities against bandits, but at the same time it strongly recommends action to rectify people’s beliefs in heterodox religions and ‘their charlatans that promise riches, power and long life’ (Huang L.

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