Comparing the do's & taboos in Chinese Feng-Shui and Indian Vāstu-Shāstra architectural traditions

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Comparing the do's & taboos in Chinese Feng-Shui and Indian Vāstu-Shāstra architectural traditions

Title: Comparing the do's & taboos in Chinese Feng-Shui and Indian Vāstu-Shāstra architectural traditions
Author: Huang, En-Yu
Publisher: Institute for Cultural Disciplines, Faculty of the Humanitas, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2012-04-03
Keywords: Architectural tradition
Built environment,
Feng-Shui
Geomancy
Reality
Representation
Taboo
Vāstu-Shāstra
Abstract: Chinese Feng-Shui and Indian Vāstu-Shāstra are two of the world’s best-known and longest-enduring systems of geomancy which have, for centuries, informed architectural practice of their respective cultural spheres. Albeit developed in different geo-cultural contexts and reinforced by their distinct religious and philosophical convictions, these two systems are based on comparable expressions of architectural Do’s & Taboos. Mores specifically, the Do’s & Taboos of both traditions reflect three important common concerns: the configuration of built spaces, the orientation of built spaces and the spatial hierarchy of built spaces. On the basis of the paradigm of ‘architecture as a representation of realities’, this book is the first of its kind to provide a comparative and structural analysis of the meanings of the Do's & Taboos in two different architectural traditions. It paves the way for a deeper understanding of the shared socio-cosmic realities articulated through the built spaces of global architectural traditions.
Description: Promotor: Aart J.J. Mekking
With summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculty of Archeology
Citation: Huang, En-Yu, 2012, Doctoral thesis, Leiden University
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/18670
 

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