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operation practiced in China concerning the disposition of buildings and
The practice is based upon the belief that a house or building should not
be built or situated contrary to a neighboring house. A corner of one house
should not face the side of a neighboring house, it if does the occupant
or owner of the latter believes that a great misfortune will befall him.
Long standing feuds have resulted from such unfortunate actions.
A known remedy is to place a dragon or monster in terra-cotta in the chamber
which faces the fatal edifice. The terrible stare of the monster is thought
to ward off the evil influence.
Feng-shui is concerned with the "dragon lines" or the subtle energies
of the earth, and is known in the West as one branch of geomancy. A.G.H.