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An Introduction to Feng Shui

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  • Author: Ole Bruun, Roskilde University, Denmark
  • Date Published: December 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521682176

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  • Feng Shui has been known in the West for the last 150 years but has mostly been regarded as a primitive superstition. During the modern period successive regimes in China have suppressed its practice. However, in the last few decades Feng Shui has become a global spiritual movement with professional associations, thousands of titles published on the subject, countless websites devoted to it and millions of users. In this book Ole Bruun explains Feng Shui's Chinese origins and meanings as well as its more recent Western interpretations and global appeal. Unlike the abundance of popular manuals, his Introduction treats Chinese Feng Shui as an academic subject, bridging religion, history and sociology. Individual chapters explain the Chinese religious-philosophical background, Chinese uses in rural and urban areas, the history of Feng Shui's reinterpretation in the West, and environmental perspectives and other issues.

    • Provides a general introduction to Chinese Feng Shui from an academic perspective
    • Links the rising popularity of Feng Shui in the West with global social trends
    • Treats Feng Shui as an interdisciplinary subject with relevance to history, religion and sociology
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    • Winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2009

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    • Date Published: December 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521682176
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. A brief history of Feng Shui
    3. Feng Shui in the context of Chinese popular religion
    4. Feng Shui research
    5. Cosmological principles, schools of interpretation, and the Feng Shui compass
    6. Feng Shui in the Chinese cityscape: China proper and overseas
    7. Modern Feng Shui interpretations and uses
    8. Environmental concerns
    9. Feng Shui as cultural globalization
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Asian Humanities
    • Beyond the Western Tradition
    • Calendars and Almanacs in East Asia
    • China--Origins to 20th Century
    • Chinese Civilization
    • Chinese Cultural History
    • Chinese Film & Culture
    • Chinese Religion
    • Chinese Traditions
    • Eastern Thought/Asian Philosophy
    • History of Landscape Architecture
    • House, Temple, City: Sacred Geographies of China
    • Introduction to Asian Philosophy
    • Religions of the East
    • Seminar in Philosophical Topics
    • Theory and Method in Religion
    • Yin-Yang and Feng-Shui
  • Author

    Ole Bruun, Roskilde University, Denmark
    Ole Bruun is Associate Professor at the Institute for Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University, Denmark. He is author of Fengshui in China: Geomantic Divination Between State Orthodoxy and Popular Religion (2003) and editor with Michael Jacobsen of Human Rights and Asian Values: Contested Identities and Cultural Representations in Asia (2000).

    Awards

    • Winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2009

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