FENG SHUI (pronounced: fung-shway) is an ancient Chinese
system of aesthetics believed to use the laws of both Heaven (Chinese astronomy) and Earth to help one improve life by receiving
positive qi. The original designation for the discipline is Kan Yu (simplified & literally: Tao of heaven and earth).
The term feng shui literally translates as "wind-water"
in English. This is a cultural shorthand taken from the following passage of the Zangshu (Book of Burial) by Guo Pu of the
Jin Dynasty: Qi rides the wind and scatters, but is retained when encountering water.
Historically, feng shui was widely used to orient buildings—often
spiritually significant structures such as tombs, but also dwellings and other structures—in an auspicious manner. Depending
on the particular style of feng shui being used, an auspicious site could be determined by reference to local features such
as bodies of water, stars, or a compass. Feng shui was suppressed in China during the cultural revolution in the 1960s, but
has since seen an increase in popularity.
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