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An Anthropological Analysis of Chinese Geomancy by Stephan Feuchtwang

By Stephan Feuchtwang

This e-book was once 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 additional a brand new bankruptcy for this new version, bringing the fabric brand new. 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 exhibits the way it is expounded to panorama portray in addition to to chinese language renowned faith and ancestor worship. He provides his personal knowing of fengshui as a classy perform that also is one of those divination, in line with a version of the Universe. Readers who're thinking about feng shui and need to grasp approximately chinese language cosmology, or who're attracted to the anthropology of divination and cosmology, could be richly rewarded by way of this booklet.

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When the directions are subdivided into sixty, as they are in the circ l es of cyc l ical combinations , it is the due pOSitions, which in t ha t context are the 24 directions , which are luckiest . • • • In operation, having al igned the dial with the needle,the geomancer uses a thin thread with weights on either end to drape over the compass dial in a s traight li ne in order to take bearings on the s ite or any feature of its surroun ding land scape. The line of his thread, wh i ch must always cross the centre of the comrass , thereby connects up a line of the relevant symbo l s from each of the series in their concentric circ les on t he dial relevant t o that bearing.

For t he schol ar i s t he source of LiJj[and Ch ' i~2 . Now Heaven fi r st produc e s~e r and water i s , as the scholar knows . t he mother of ch 'i 3 . Fix your mind on the wat er in the poo I 4. Ine m1ddl e 1S dlv1ded by a thin line. On i t s lef t (NB fac i ng south ) from tz u (see abov e , due N) t o ping ( SSE by S) i s sub j ect t o Yang . On its right, from «tt (due S) t o jen (NNW by N) is subj ect to Vin. The hard material of the needle enabl es it t o di sc lose and decide . Moreover, the lode stone wa s vitalized by earth ch 'i , it i s earth ' s off spring, and earth i s the centra l of the fi ve elements ..

The Seam Needle (Ri ng 2) and the Centra l Needle (Ring 3 ) , These are the names given to the three repetitions of the 24 points on the geomantic compass in the Whipp le Museum. Cambridge. i ll ust rated by Needham (1963, pl ate CXX)~ He expla i ns (pp. 294 and 295) that the Correct Need l e is true , or as t ronomi ca l, no rth; t he Seam Needle shift being 7. 5 degrees west of north to accord with the declination ob served, according to tradition , in the twe l th century by lai Kung. Becoming more symbolic, the three circles divide the compass dial into three so-called "p l ates ".

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