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. throughout the smooth interval successive regimes in China have suppressed its perform. despite the fact that, within the previous couple of a long time Feng Shui has develop into a world religious circulate with expert institutions, hundreds of thousands of titles released at the topic, numerous web content 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 more moderen Western interpretations and international charm. in contrast to the abundance of well known manuals, his advent 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 heritage of Feng Shui's reinterpretation within the West • environmental views and different concerns
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The making of kinship genealogies and attempts to trace old family graves were commonplace. During the Song, descent groups such as lineage and clan became increasingly important for local community organization. It may be argued that a key element in their emergence was a change in religious ideas and ritual practices related to graves and ancestors (Ebrey 1986: 29), although disagreement will prevail as to the primacy of religious or economic or political factors. Along with the growth of lineage organization and land ownership, ancestor halls of the recent type (emphasizing lineages) also became common.
His powers of divination became legendary: according to the official history of the Jin dynasty, he was credited with over 60 events proven true. The first historical record of him, written a hundred years after his death, thus cites several instances. One story goes: Emperor Ming of the Jin Dynasty wanted to understand divination of residences for the living and the dead. He heard that Guo Pu helped people with burial. He A brief history of feng shui 21 then went in disguise to the site and asked the master of the family, ‘Why is the grave pit at the dragon’s horn?
Thus, giving too much importance to one of the schools or their distinction – as is often seen in western works – may lead to misinterpretation. Many Chinese classical texts combine theories supposedly unique to one denomination, just as late classical literature often attempts to include them all (Bennett 1978: 4). In the practice of contemporary Chinese feng shui masters, the division of schools tends not to be of great importance (see Chapters 3 and 6). 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.
An Introduction to Feng Shui (Introduction to Religion) by Ole Bruun