By Ole Bruun
Feng Shui has been identified within the West for the final one hundred fifty years yet has usually been considered as a primitive superstition. in the course of the smooth interval successive regimes in China have suppressed its perform. in spite of the fact that, within the previous couple of many years Feng Shui has turn into an international non secular circulation with specialist institutions, hundreds of thousands of titles released at the topic, numerous web pages dedicated to it and hundreds of thousands of clients. during this booklet Ole Bruun explains Feng Shui's chinese language origins and meanings in addition to its more moderen Western interpretations and international allure. in contrast to the abundance of renowned manuals, his advent treats chinese language Feng Shui as an educational 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 parts • the background of Feng Shui's reinterpretation within the West • environmental views and different concerns
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The School of Forms is also termed the ‘Jiangxi School’ or kanzhou, after the department in Jiangxi Province where Yang Yunsong worked. Zhu Xi’s metaphysics, combined with the development of the magnetic compass, gave rise to a new school of feng shui. It granted principal importance to the bagua, the Branches and the Constellations, and derives its name – the School of Orientations or ‘directions and positions’ (fang wei) – from the use of the compass. It is also termed the ‘Fujian School’ after the place of work of its principal representative, Wang Ji, to whom several works are ascribed, including the Canon of the Core and Centre and Disquisitions on the Queries and Answers.
The official histories of the fourth to tenth centuries relate many instances of geomantic prophecy coming to pass when exceptional tombs and omens lead descendants to wealth and dignified state positions. One such story from the official histories of the sixth century tells of a man who ‘attained to the highest dignities of the State’: Wu Ming-ch’eh was a native of the district of Ts’in. His father, who bore the name of Shu, was a general in the right division of the armies of the Liang dynasty.
Into the intricate political games relating to the interpretation of omens and divination. After seizing control over the Directorate, they introduced modern European astronomy for the sake of precision, but used it entirely for traditional purposes of divination for the imperial court in order to optimize their political influence (Huang Y. 1991: 1–20). The Jesuits’ and Franciscans’ writings on China and translations of Chinese classics inaugurated the subject of sinology back in Europe, and served as a great source of inspiration for a new breed of thinkers during a time of groundbreaking transformations in science, theology and philosophy.
An Introduction to Feng Shui (Introduction to Religion) by Ole Bruun