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Feng Shui

Feng Shui, is not a religious practice, but an ancient Chinese belief in keeping a balance of forces in the land or in one’s surroundings. According to the Feng Shui philosophy, the land is regarded as living and reflects the pattern of heaven. All developments must be in harmony with this pattern. Masters of Feng Shui aim to balance Yin and Yang the two counterbalancing elements of the universe. These two elements have a strong influence over the lives of human beings. In the teachings of Taoism, nature has to be in a state of balance. The wind represents Yin; the water, Yang. Without the wind, air or water, human beings cannot exist on earth. When building, planting, or altering the landscape in any way or when choosing a gravesite for an ancestor yin and yang must be kept in balance.

The Chinese have relied on Feng Shui since ancient times. It is based on the teachings of Choo He, who lived during 12th century AD. According to some scholars, the philosophy of Feng Shui is a result of the combination of Taoism, Confucianism, astrology, mathematics and geography.

It is a customary for Chinese to engage the help of Feng Shui experts. Most Chinese businessman will consult a Feng Shui expert regarding the location of their prospective business to ensure its future success. The selection of a proper burial site also relies on Feng Shui. A well-located burial site can bring wealth and luck to the deceased person’s descendants.

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