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Feng shui (fung seui in Cantonese) is a technique of managing the landscape to maximize favorable circumstances and minimize misfortunes. Although it is uniquely Chinese, it has spread to other east Asian countries, and, very recently, to the rest of the world.

Feng Shui defies categorization. It has been erroneously called magic, science, religion, mysticism, and charlatanry, or “the art or pseudo-science of manipulating the occult forces that are believed to run through a landscape, site, house, or even room.” It is also called “geomancy,” but is does not resemble the ancient Greek and Near Eastern magical art of geomancy.

In Imperial China, Feng Shui built on the experience of billions of Chinese peasants. The roots of Feng Shui are pragmatic perceptions. These include the following guidelines: ...

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