By Ole Bruun
Feng Shui has been identified within the West for the final one hundred fifty years yet has commonly been considered as a primitive superstition. in the course of the smooth interval successive regimes in China have suppressed its perform. even if, within the previous few many years Feng Shui has develop into a world religious move 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 newer Western interpretations and worldwide charm. not like the abundance of well known manuals, his creation treats chinese language Feng Shui as a tutorial topic, bridging faith, historical past and sociology. person chapters clarify: • the chinese language religious-philosophical history • 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 concerns
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The Anglo-Qing dominion of the China coast gave way to imperialist rivalry among the great industrial powers of Britain, Russia, France, Germany and Japan, who all invaded Chinese territory. While establishing an alien hegemony in their possessions and granting extra-territoriality to their citizens, the foreign powers placed the native Chinese elite in the situation they most abhorred: ruling under alien hegemony, reminding them of both the Manchu-dominated Qing rule and the Mongolian-dominated Yuan dynasty.
By the end of the Tang Dynasty [618–907], there appeared books entitled Zang Shu Di Mai Jing in one volume and Zang Shu Wu Yin in one volume. They did not mention that they were written by Guo Pu. Only in the Song Shi [History of Song Dynasty, 960–1279] was there a record of Guo Pu as the author of the Zang Shu in one volume. Therefore the book originated in the Song Dynasty. Afterwards, practitioners of various divining arts 22 An Introduction to Feng Shui competed to elaborate on the book and thus formed a book of as many as twenty chapters.
Many texts suggest that the number of poorly versed diviners grew, to the dismay of both government and the literate class. One example is an anonymous text from Late Song to the Early Ming period called Twenty-four Difficult Problems, which deplores the scores of practitioners who ‘absurdly match longevity, the receiving of favours, becoming an official and imperial prosperity with good and evil spirits and good and ill fortune, consequently causing the lucky not to be buried and those buried not to have good fortune’.
An Introduction to Feng Shui (Introduction to Religion) by Ole Bruun