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By Ole Bruun

Feng Shui has been recognized within the West for the final a hundred and fifty years yet has usually been considered as a primitive superstition. throughout the sleek interval successive regimes in China have suppressed its perform. although, within the previous few many years Feng Shui has develop into an international religious circulation with expert institutions, millions of titles released at the topic, numerous web pages 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 allure. in contrast to the abundance of well known manuals, his creation treats chinese language Feng Shui as an educational 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 parts • the historical past of Feng Shui's reinterpretation within the West • environmental views and different matters

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1984). Taken together, Chinese and western sources indicate that divination became a social phenomenon of extraordinary importance. Throughout the grand course of Chinese history, divination was of crucial importance. Yet it may be said to have evolved from a privileged practice performed on A brief history of feng shui 31 behalf of kings, emperors and nobility to a practice performed on behalf of everyday people; a simultaneous trend was the change from a more passive practice to avoid disaster to an active practice in search for good fortune (J.

A massive Qing encyclopaedia from 1726 devotes over 2,000 pages to fortune-tellers and mantic techniques (R. Smith 1991), while another index is Yuan Shushan’s monumental Biographies of Diviners (quoted in Smith 1991), of which about one-third are from the Qing period. 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.

Zhu Xi’s philosophy, mainly in the form of commentaries on the Four Books of Confucianism, provided the necessary synthesis to reinstall convention, albeit contested by many of his contemporaries. He incorporated the Principle of the Great Ultimate, the theory of Celestial Breath (tian qi) and Terrestrial Breath (di qi) (which by uniting produce and reproduce everything), the distinction between Principle (li) and Ether (qi) and the distinction between the Way (dao) and ‘instrument’ (qi). The distinction between li and qi has been interpreted in terms of modern science as one between structure and mass/energy (Needham 1969: 251).

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