Ole bruuns fengshui in china geomantic divination between state orthodoxy and popular religion is therefore a particularly welcome addition to the academic literature on fengshui and its publication heralds a promising beginning for new research in this area the focus of this study is the development of fengshui from 1850 to the 1990s this . 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. Fengshui in china geomantic divination between state orthodoxy and popular religion ole bruun for well over a century chinese fengshui or geomancy has fascinated western laymen and scholars. 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
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