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Feng shui carried too far (4)

By Zhang Zhilong (Global Times)

08:48, January 20, 2012

Not a contradiction

Yu says believing in feng shui and the Party are two different concepts that don't contradict each other.

Feng shui isn't related to materialism or ideology, said Yu. It is part of ancient Chinese philosophy that includes the study of yin and yang and the theory that dictates that all things are connected to the five elements: gold, wood, water, fire and earth.

"Feng shui is a superstition, which suggests that well-designed buildings located in certain properly-chosen places can bring blessings to the offspring of people who build them according to the directions of feng shui masters," said Fang Zhouzi, a well-known science writer and critic, who gained fame for bashing pseudo-science and has written critiques of traditional Chinese medicine.
Fang says there are some elements of feng shui that were used in the design of ancient buildings, but science has supplanted most of those concepts.

"Large amounts of social resources are being wasted to pay for the beliefs of some officials," said Fang, adding they should be held legally accountable.

Yet Yu, the retired professor from Peking University, says feng shui has nothing to do with feudal superstition as it is not based on ghosts or gods.

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