Feng Shui in China
Phase 1 Individual Project
World Values and Cultures
Developed 6000 years ago, Feng Shui is a system based on the elements of intuition, mathematics, philosophy, geology, astronomy, astrology, psychology, and physics. Feng Shui is an ancient art related to the power of nature and the law and order of the universe (Author)
In Chinese, the term Feng Shui means “wind and water” It is supposed to be able to aid a person in getting a job, a raise, or promotion, get married, get pregnant, feel more safe in life, prevent miscarriages, improve health, prevent accidents, and create a more harmonious family relationship (Author).
Feng Shui is also considered an ancient Chinese system of boosting your luck through the positioning of objects and of predicting fortunes through dates and traditional texts. Literally, wind water, Feng Shui is used in a variety of different ways (Hunt, 2013). Allen Chau, in 2008, consulted a Feng Shui master because he was worried about how his business manufacturing parts for the auto industry would weather the current financial crisis hitting the world. The Master recommended moving the factory gate from the South side to the West. Chau, the general manager of Tien Po Precision Manufacturing, saw his sales double while others went bankrupt. For him, Feng Shui is an essential business tool (Hunt, 2013).
Although I have never traveled outside of the United States, only to Canada, I have heard many people speak of Feng Shui. I have listened to real estate agents tell stories of how the Chinese culture and their people want to have the entrances to homes face a certain direction so as to not disrupt the harmony of the home. I personally have not tried Feng Shui but after reading about it, I might. Many people look to different sources for luck. Certain numbers picked on 2
lottery tickets, a lucky rabbits foot carried in a pocket, tokens carried or worn constantly can all be considered...
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