By Ole Bruun
Feng Shui has been identified within the West for the final one hundred fifty years yet has quite often been considered as a primitive superstition. through the sleek interval successive regimes in China have suppressed its perform. although, within the previous couple of a long time Feng Shui has turn into an international non secular flow 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. not like 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 heritage • 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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It is a matter of fact that Zhu Xi’s learning remained authoritative in the state examination system throughout most of this period, and that little foreign influence could be detected in the indigenous cosmology throughout much of the same period, but such facts accounted more for stability in the outer framework than for the inner dynamics of the tradition; we know very little of how and on what types of occasion it has been applied or the social contexts it has addressed during this vast expanse of historical time.
Most of the Chinese have very hazy notions on the subject. Many, however, not professionals in the art, but who study Geomancy as a science, have some distant inklings of the truth, and after repeated conversations, enquiries on the subject, and on inspection of the Geomantic books, which, indeed, I could make little of, I have come to the conclusion that Fung-shui is simply terrestrial magnetism . . Perhaps some of the contributors to ‘Notes and Queries’ could throw some further light upon the subject.
Their appearance is now very unsightly; they ought to be repaired, in order to secure the return of happy and prosperous times. (Chinese Repository 1837–38 6: 189) the colonial era Western discovery and exposure After European seaborne expansion began in the 1500s, the first Europeans to come into contact with Chinese philosophy and divination were Roman Catholic missionaries. Most important among them were the Jesuits, deliberately schooled in the revolutionizing disciplines of mathematics, physics and astronomy in order to penetrate a civilization that they found to be obsessed with celestial analogies.