By Ole Bruun
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. even if, within the previous couple of a long time Feng Shui has develop into a world religious circulation with expert institutions, hundreds of thousands of titles released at the topic, numerous web pages dedicated to it and thousands of clients. during this e-book Ole Bruun explains Feng Shui's chinese language origins and meanings in addition to its newer Western interpretations and international attraction. not like the abundance of renowned manuals, his creation treats chinese language Feng Shui as an instructional topic, bridging faith, background and sociology. person chapters clarify: • the chinese language religious-philosophical historical past • chinese language makes use of in rural and concrete components • the heritage of Feng Shui's reinterpretation within the West • environmental views and different concerns
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De Groot 1897: 980) It is also reported, however, that Wendi, the first emperor of the Sui dynasty (581–618), argued against the truth of grave divination while fighting for A brief history of feng shui 23 the throne. His enemies then violated the tombs of his ancestors to inflict misfortune upon him. He nevertheless ascended to the throne although he lost a brother on the battlefield. The imperial historiographer credits him with the words: ‘If the tombs of my ancestors are not in a felicitous position, why did I attain to the throne?
Feng shui for individual constructions While popular forms of grave divination from an early date were surrounded by controversy, even continuing today, geomantic deliberations for constructions such as palaces, temples, walls and individual houses tended to be matters of orthodoxy (feng shui for ordinary houses is described in Chapter 3). The distinction between orthodox and illegitimate uses of feng shui in the eyes of the state can be seen from countless official documents, 34 An Introduction to Feng Shui law making and court cases.
While establishing an alien hegemony in their possessions and granting extra-territoriality to their citizens, the foreign powers placed the native Chinese elite in the situation they most abhorred: ruling under alien hegemony, reminding them of both the Manchu-dominated Qing rule and the Mongolian-dominated Yuan dynasty. The imperial government’s reaction to foreign domination was the movement for self-strengthening and restoring ‘wealth and power’ (fu-qiang). Feng shui cosmology thus appeared a convenient means of manipulating popular sentiments and particularly aggression towards foreigners.
An Introduction to Feng Shui (Introduction to Religion) by Ole Bruun