An Introduction to Feng Shui (Introduction to Religion) by Ole Bruun
By Ole Bruun
Feng Shui has been identified within the West for the final one hundred fifty years yet has normally been considered as a primitive superstition. throughout the glossy interval successive regimes in China have suppressed its perform. even though, within the previous few many years Feng Shui has turn into a world non secular move with specialist 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 more moderen Western interpretations and worldwide charm. in contrast to the abundance of well known manuals, his advent treats chinese language Feng Shui as a tutorial topic, bridging faith, heritage 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 concerns
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In 1600 eight candidates were successful, so that all at once we could be said to have been doing well. At that time the school of Confucian scholars was located in an out-of-the-way spot. The ‘aether-energies in the human and physical atmospheres’ [meaning forms of qi] in the western part of the prefectural capital city . . were not concentrated, and so successes in the examinations for the second and third degrees were few and far between. (Both from Elvin 2004: 199) When reports of such ideas were first presented in missionary and other China journals in the nineteenth century, they brought great wonder to western readers.
To some extent, geography has determined which school or aspect will predominate regionally; the School of Forms may be better adapted to the mountainous regions of south and west China, where people cannot all possibly face their dwellings towards the south, whereas the School of Orientations obviously fits better into the flatter land. A golden era for feng shui philosophy is not at all synonymous with a prosperous society, however, and in the larger perspective we may see them correlated in an inverted fashion.
Moreover, the Germanic speaking observers appeared unaware of the abundance of experience and writings of the Jesuits. Europeans had been expelled from Chinese territory for 38 An Introduction to Feng Shui Fig. 4 Illustration from Dixue dawen [Questions and Answers in Geography] (1744). Collection of the Royal Library, Copenhagen. more than a century leading up to the Opium War (1840–2), but were now coming back with the unprecedented might of the north-European nations. The self-confidence and chauvinism that bolstered the new Industrial-Age European identity produced a view of China as backward, obscure and inaccessible (Bruun 2003: 38).