By Stephan Feuchtwang
This e-book used to be first released in 1974 and have become a mystery vintage at the back of the unfold of fengshui within the Western international. Its writer, Stephan Feuchtwang, has now revised it and further a brand new bankruptcy for this re-creation, bringing the cloth modern. it's a specific remedy of fengshui as perceived and understood in chinese language manuals and in chinese language perform, yet written for a Western readership. Feuchtwang additionally indicates the way it is expounded to panorama portray in addition to to chinese language well known faith and ancestor worship. He provides his personal knowing of fengshui as a cultured perform that also is a type of divination, in response to a version of the Universe. Readers who're fascinated about feng shui and wish to understand approximately chinese language cosmology, or who're attracted to the anthropology of divination and cosmology, can be richly rewarded through this e-book.
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They stand for change,change in the fortune of men; and ~c tual changes in light. vegetation. weather and other effects of the seasons he l p this i llusion. the diagrams of the Boo~ o~ C hang~ , and the Five Elements are centred on t he Great Abso lu te. or Supreme Po le, of the Neo-Confuci an and geomantic universe. The basic correlations between them are shown in Chou Tun- f's diagram ,but for the purposes of analytic exposition I wil l treat them separate ly, and am supported in this by the separate historica l or i gin s of their conception s .
Having begun the analysi s of geomantic symboli sm with its most pract i ca l aspect ,the ana l ysis will now s t art out from the the o ritical,or metaphysi c al source . To expound the source and at the same time to give an examp le of the kind of l anguage in which feng-shui is couched , a s we ll as to give several hints as to what the pra ctice of feng - shui meant for the Chinese we can do no better than to quote the explanation of Ring I, al most a ll of it : ~ '~h e compa ss takes the fo r es t and mesh ,and makes an order of the thi ng s the world.
They are bearers of a different kind of eh ' ~~ Othe r features of the landscape. paths , railway track s , l ines of neighbouring roo fs. may also be bearers of e h' ~ , or they may bear 4ha~ These are all bearings on the dynamics of the l andscape. Of the static features. it is important to take beari ng s on visible pea ks of mountains and any outst anding feature of the gro und such as boulders or bank s of earth t hrough which the watercourses run,as we ll as the position of the site itself and the direction in which it.
An Anthropological Analysis of Chinese Geomancy by Stephan Feuchtwang