This article will briefly introduce the essential elements of feng shui to ensure harmony with nature and will also discuss the charms, amulets and other protective and "good luck" objects which have been used for hundreds of years in traditional Chinese houses to promote good fortune and avoid misfortune.
flow freely along its hidden veins and dragon lines with minimal obstruction by manipulating the location and orientation of houses, temples, pagodas, tombs, etc.
Ghosts like to travel in straight lines and a "screen wall" requires them to go around to gain entrance to an interior room.
It is also believed that a ghost approaching a "screen wall" will see its own image or shadow on the wall and be scared away. Because a government official's orders and proclamations convey great authority among the living, it is believed to also carry such authority among evil spirits.
福德正神) and to repel evil spirits, there are offerings of fruit and incense.
At the left is a porcelain sculpture of the "Earth God" which dates from the Ming Dynasty and is in the collection of the Xiamen Museum located in Xiamen (厦门), also known as Amoy, in Fujian Province (福建).
There are eight possible combinations of these trigrams and they are known collectively as the Eight Trigrams or The two holes on this particular charm indicate that it may have been attached to a ridgepole sometime in its past.
The charm has a diameter of 39 mm and a weight of 11.5 grams. A large number of "mouths", as illustrated by the many holes of a sieve, expresses the wish for a large family.
A proper understanding of these relationships will determine the merits of a prospective building site.
For example, a very good site would be one with a south-facing slope having a lake or river in front and a mountain range at the rear.
"Screen walls" ( (四合院) or "Chinese quadrangle", where the buildings surround an internal courtyard.