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Fengshui in China [Hardcover]

OLE Bruun
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Feb. 1 2003
Contrary to popular manuals, this book approaches fengshui from an academic angle, focusing on its significance in China, but also depicting the recent history of its reinterpretation in the West. It includes a historical account of fengshui over the last 150 years with anthropological fieldwork on contemporary practices in two Chinese rural areas. The author argues that fengshui serves as an alternative tradition of cosmological knowledge to explain a range of everyday occurrences in rural areas such as disease, mental disorders, accidents and common mischief. Although Chinese authorities have opposed the tradition for centuries, it has been used by almost every-one as an aspect of popular cosmology. This title falls in the category of Anthropology, Religious Studies, Environmental Studies, and China. It is suitable for academic researchers and post-graduate students.
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"'This valuable study will be required reading for scholars of Chinese religion, and makes a valuable contribution to the anthropology of religion.' Joseph Bosco, in East Asia, 2004) 'Offers significant insights into the working of diverse coexisting traditions... [and will] undoubtedly remain an important work in the studies of contemporary China's transformation as well as postcolonial cultural development.' (Yinong Xu, in China Review International, 2004)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ole Bruun is Associate Professor at Roskilde University's Institute for Society and Globalization. Besides working on fengshui and Asian perceptions of nature in general, he is a leading scholar on Mongolian studies. His edited volume, Mongols From Country to City, was published by NIAS Press in 2006. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Tough Love for the McFengshui Crowd July 30 2003
By cb
Format:Hardcover
Bruun walks through villages and interviews people and feng shui practitioners about the state of the practise today compared to 150 years ago.
This book is bound to be a disappointment for the McFengshui crowd because the people "seeing" feng shui (that is, in Chinese terms, those who practise on behalf of clients) all use compasses. The so-called schools advocated by McFengshui types don't exist (and never existed) in China. But it's also difficult for those who know the traditional material to see what has happened to the state of the art in its birthplace; it's hard to not be moved by what was lost during the turbulent days of the Cultural Revolution, and how many feng shui masters paid dearly for their knowledge.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tough Love for the McFengshui Crowd July 30 2003
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Format:Hardcover
Bruun walks through villages and interviews people and feng shui practitioners about the state of the practise today compared to 150 years ago.
This book is bound to be a disappointment for the McFengshui crowd because the people "seeing" feng shui (that is, in Chinese terms, those who practise on behalf of clients) all use compasses. The so-called schools advocated by McFengshui types don't exist (and never existed) in China. But it's also difficult for those who know the traditional material to see what has happened to the state of the art in its birthplace; it's hard to not be moved by what was lost during the turbulent days of the Cultural Revolution, and how many feng shui masters paid dearly for their knowledge.
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