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The Chinese word for geomancy is feng‐shui, which means “wind and water” or ti‐li, which means “the principles (patterns) of the land.” The term ti‐li is also the Chinese word for geography, which suggests an intimate relationship between Chinese geomancy and geography.

In Chinese geomancy, a place having certain landforms and orientations is believed to be more auspicious than others. An auspicious place is where vital energy (sheng‐ji) is accumulated and available to humans who occupy the site. The function of vital energy is to give birth to and support all living things, and it is stored in certain places meeting geomantic requirements, blessing the people who use the site in harmony with the surrounding landscape.

The flow of vital energy underground (often through mountain ranges) is analogous to that of blood through the veins of the human body. Therefore, a geomancer's job is to find a spot where vital energy is accumulated, in a similar way that an acupuncturist finds a...

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Yoon, H. (2008). Geomancy in China. In: Selin, H. (eds) Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-4425-0_8617

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