Ole Bruun's An Introduction to Feng Shui (Introduction to Religion) PDF

By Ole Bruun

ISBN-10: 052186352X

ISBN-13: 9780521863520

Feng Shui has been recognized 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. even though, within the previous few a long time Feng Shui has develop into an international non secular 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 booklet 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 advent treats chinese language Feng Shui as a tutorial topic, bridging faith, historical past and sociology. person chapters clarify: • the chinese language religious-philosophical heritage • chinese language makes use of in rural and concrete components • the historical past of Feng Shui's reinterpretation within the West • environmental views and different concerns

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Collection of the Royal Library, Copenhagen. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716) was much devoted to the study of Chinese philosophy, especially during the latter part of his life. He wrote introductions to the works of Jesuits, countless correspondences and a small book, Discourse on the Natural Theology of the Chinese. Apart from discussing issues of theology and morality, this work also salutes the Yi jing for its ancient discovery of binary arithmetic as given in its use of full and broken lines in the trigrams (Leibniz 1977).

3 Title page from a Chinese work on geography/feng shui, in ten vols. (1627). Collection of the Royal Library, Copenhagen. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716) was much devoted to the study of Chinese philosophy, especially during the latter part of his life. He wrote introductions to the works of Jesuits, countless correspondences and a small book, Discourse on the Natural Theology of the Chinese. Apart from discussing issues of theology and morality, this work also salutes the Yi jing for its ancient discovery of binary arithmetic as given in its use of full and broken lines in the trigrams (Leibniz 1977).

The imperial government on the surface chose not to get involved. The railway operated at a profit until 1876, when the death of a Chinese person on the line was announced by the Chinese authorities in Shanghai; this was followed by a number of official protests and disturbances along the line, openly supported by the local gentry, who accused the line of ruining feng shui. As part of the Chefoo Convention of 1876, the Chinese government agreed to purchase the line. But instead of continuing its operation, the line was dismantled in 1878 and the rails and rolling stock sent to Taiwan, while the Chinese officials supervising the destruction work moved about in sedan chairs ‘as an expression of their abhorrence of mechanical locomotion’ (Chang 1943: 24).

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