Saturday, March 19, 2011

Feng Shui

Feng Shui is one of the must take subject for the architecture student. The word 'Feng' means wind and the word 'Shui' means water. Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to use the laws of both Heaven (astronomy) and Earth (geography) to help one improve life by receiving positive qi. -- Tina Marie (2007-2009). "Feng Shui Diaries". Esoteric Feng Shui. Other than China, there are other countries that practice Feng Shui too. For example, Japan, Korean, Thailand, Vietnam.

Sad to say that nowadays this technique has been descended to a lower situation, or be simple to say, superstitious. Some Chinese(most of them are businessman) believes in Feng Shui deeply but do not understand the fundamental of it. Normally they will invite(which means pay) a 'Shi Fu' for advise for the decoration of the premises. This happens when they moved to a new house or started a new business.

Here are some ornaments that those 'Shi Fu' use to change the luck.

The Lucky Cat
Cute. It is original from Japan. The businessman place it on the cashier counter and hope it will bring fortune.

The Fountain
Well it doesn't need to be that ugly like above for the purpose. Normally a fountain will a crystal ball and water coming below it will do. It also bring fortune. Because according to Feng Shui, water means fortune. They believe that if a fountain is placed near the entrance, the countless fortune will come to them as the rolling water.

The Stone Lions
They usually comes in pair, male and female. Its easy to differentiate their gender, just take note of the things under the paw of the lions. A ball will be place under the male lion and as for the female, it would be a cub. Other than that, their position also tells their gender. The male will be place at left while the female will be place at right side. Above shows a female lion. The purpose is for guarding. They are suitable to place outside the temple, government department, tomb, bridge, palace...

The Pixiu
This is a quite funny one. The material to make it can be vary, most of them are metal and jade. This is another mystical animal of China. The appearances is combination of other animals. It has dragon head, horse body, Qilin's paw, and shape of lion. The fur is light grey and they can fly. The most special things is, it doesn't has anal and its food is fortune. Which leads to the purpose of it. When a creature eat fortunes and doesn't shit, it somehow symbolize that it can gather a lot of fortune. So you can guess the purpose now, right? Yes, it gather fortune. There are some people bring the small version of it inside the pocket and visit casino and hope that they will get fortune by this.

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