By Ole Bruun
Feng Shui has been identified within the West for the final a hundred and fifty years yet has more often than not been considered as a primitive superstition. through the glossy interval successive regimes in China have suppressed its perform. although, within the previous few many years Feng Shui has develop into a world non secular flow with expert institutions, hundreds of thousands of titles released at the topic, numerous web pages dedicated to it and hundreds of thousands of clients. during this publication Ole Bruun explains Feng Shui's chinese language origins and meanings in addition to its newer Western interpretations and worldwide attraction. in contrast to the abundance of well known manuals, his creation treats chinese language Feng Shui as an educational 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 background of Feng Shui's reinterpretation within the West • environmental views and different matters
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A locality with a large population is endowed with a huge amount of the spirit. Digging indiscriminately without considering the contours of the land can break the dragon vein, which is inauspicious for the inhabitants. It is advisable, then, to make a survey of the topography from a high place to see where the dragon vein is . . The important thing is never to break the dragon vein, lest the spirit disperse, thus auguring ill for the inhabitants. (Huang L. 1984: 483) During the Song, Ming and Qing dynasties, we have ample evidence of the great cosmological importance attributed to temples, pagodas, wall and canals by gentry, local magistrates or local communities.
While military operations in the early part of the dynasty were targeted at non-Chinese peoples, after the middle of the eighteenth century they were turned against internal religious rebellions. During this period, nearly all rebellions had religious gathering points, and most were staged by blacklisted sectarian organizations with religious emblems (C. K. Yang  1970: 207, 219). Much evidence points to divination becoming increasingly powerful in late imperial China, particularly during the Qing period.
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. (J. Zhang 2004: 10–11) To sum up, a simple proclamation of Guo Pu as the founder of feng shui and the Zang shu as the original book on the subject – such as was seen in the popular literature – is either merely ritual or, if taken at face value, impermissibly naive. The tradition of divination is much older, following Chinese civilization as far back as any historical or archaeological record, while the concept of feng shui tends to be of a younger date.