Friday, October 19, 2007

Feng shui

Feng shui

Feng Shui Luopan Compass
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese: 風水
Simplified Chinese: 风水
Literal meaning: wind-water
- Hanyu Pinyin: fēngshuǐ
Yue (Cantonese)
- Jyutping: fung1 seoi2
- IPA: fʊŋ'ʃweɪ or fɛŋ'ʃuːi
Filipino name
Tagalog: punsoy
Japanese name
Kanji: 風水
Hiragana: ふうすい
- Revised Hepburn: fūsui
- Kunrei-shiki: hûsui
Korean name
Hangul: 풍수
Hanja: 風水
- Revised
Romanization: pungsu
- McCune-
Reischauer: p'ungsu
Thai name
Thai: ฮวงจุ้ย (Huang Jui)
Vietnamese name
Vietnamese: Phong thủy
For other uses, see Feng shui (disambiguation).

In ancient times as well as today, Feng Shui, pronounced in English as [fʊŋ'ʃweɪ] ("fung shway"), was known as "Kan-Yu" which means 'The Law of Heaven and Earth.’ [1] Today's Feng Shui schools teach that it is the ancient Chinese practice of placement and arrangement of space to achieve harmony with the environment. Feng shui literally translates as "wind-water." This is a cultural shorthand taken from the following passage of the Zhangshu (Book of Burial) by Guo Pu of the Jin Dynasty:[2]

The qi that rides the wind stops at the boundary of water.[3]

Feng shui is a discipline with guidelines that are compatible with many techniques of architectural planning as well as internal furniture arrangements. Space, weather, astronomy, and geomagnetism are basic components of feng shui. Proponents claim that feng shui has an effect on health, wealth, and personal relationships.

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