By Ole Bruun
Feng Shui has been identified within the West for the final a hundred and fifty years yet has generally been considered as a primitive superstition. through the sleek interval successive regimes in China have suppressed its perform. although, within the previous couple of a long time Feng Shui has turn into an international non secular move with expert institutions, hundreds of thousands of titles released at the topic, numerous web content dedicated to it and hundreds of thousands of clients. during this e-book Ole Bruun explains Feng Shui's chinese language origins and meanings in addition to its more moderen Western interpretations and worldwide attraction. not like the abundance of well known manuals, his creation treats chinese language Feng Shui as an instructional topic, bridging faith, heritage and sociology. person chapters clarify: • the chinese language religious-philosophical historical past • 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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As a result, even during the mourning period, they are eager to choose a good site for burial in the hope of an official position. They also select Indian summer as the date for burial in the hope of getting rich. Some mourners will smile when greeting funeral guests because the day of the burial is said to be improper for weeping. Some believe taboos on relatives attending the burial and so do not accompany their parents’ bodies to the grave. No sage ever taught such ideas. Geomancy books have ruined customs.
Western sojourners constantly commented on the prevalence of divination in the Qing dynasty. Despite their hostility to all kinds of ‘superstition’ and possible exaggeration of the situation to justify their civilizing mission, the general picture may hold. 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.
But instead of continuing its operation, the line was dismantled in 1878 and the rails and rolling stock sent to Taiwan, while the Chinese officials supervising the destruction work moved about in sedan chairs ‘as an expression of their abhorrence of mechanical locomotion’ (Chang 1943: 24). As an increasing number of Chinese reform-minded officials advocated railways, mining and telegraph lines as inevitable means of modernization and national defence, following the advocacy of, for instance, Li Hongzhang, Zuo Zongtang and Ding Richang, the Qing court gradually eased up.
An Introduction to Feng Shui (Introduction to Religion) by Ole Bruun