Feng shui or its original name kan yu, is a land management system which originated with the start of Chinese civilisation some 4,000 years ago. The Chinese observed and learnt the workings of nature for survival. Hence, the core of Chinese philosophy is about the understanding the workings of nature.
The formal origins of feng shui go back to the Tang dynasty (618 to 907 AD). The essence was about selecting locations for the new village or expanding the village, with consideration for safety, security as well as the well being of the inhabitants. Topics like locations of homes, areas for farming, grazing for the animals, sources of clean water and disposal systems of waste material were considered. This knowledge was scaled up to plan cities and nations.
The original knowledge was passed down from master to disciple, very much akin to the apprentice system in the West. This is how the practise of this craft has been passed down continuously through the generations to the 21st century. It is from this process that these ancient methods have been adapted, tested and proven effective in use. The next generation of practitioners were trained in the application of the knowledge rather than just learning the knowledge. This is very much like the current day practice of corporations using proprietary methods they do their business operations; staff are trained on the proprietary methods used specifically by that corporation.
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