The mysterious operation practiced in China concerning the disposition of buildings and particularly tombs.
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.