Have you ever wondered why the certain Chinese gravestones look alike at times? Or why certain gravestones are on a slope and overlooking a pond? If your guess is it is because of Feng Shui, then you are correct.
Chinese People pout a lot of thought into how things are placed. Even in their homes, they would consult a Feng Shui master first before designing the interior. This practice is also applied when picking the area for the burial, the position of the tombstone, the orientation of the grave, and the like.
Feng Shui, for those who do not know, is a system of geomancy believed to use the laws of both Heaven and Earth to improve one’s life by receiving positive qi (energy). Though all four elements are used in this system, contact with the Earth is most important, especially in death.
It is said that the way the body is placed on the ground can affect the descendants of the person who died that is why Chinese families consult with experts in order to avoid back luck for those who were left behind.
Traditionally, Chinese families do not practice cremation due to the belief that it will bring three generations of back luck. Feng Shui expert themselves did not use to recommend cremation to the families of the departed. But because of modern times, widening options and the fad in inurnment, many families are starting to prefer cremation. With this, the new burial process is slowly becoming acceptable amongst Chinese especially those outside mainland China.
In line with this, many wonder if it is acceptable in the practice of Feng Shui to turn dead bodies into diamonds. This is a new artificial diamond industry. What they do it they take the dead body, cremate it in such a way that the charcoal will turn into ash. They then place that ash under intense pressure in which it pops into industrialized diamonds. Surprisingly, these diamonds are far more expensive than the ones that come out of the mountain. Over time, a whole family can be built into one valuable collection.
When asked about this matter, Feng Shui experts say that not only is this practice “OK” but it also brings good fortune. Diamonds are crystals and crystals are good in Feng Shui. It is said that this practice allows one to create something precious and permanent, with good energy.
When asked about cryogenics, Feng Shui masters ex- press that it is acceptable as well. Cryogenics is the study of very low temperatures and how materials react to these temperatures. Relating this to the dead, this practice is done by burying the dead upside down in jar and freezing it so that generations later will be able to revive it to find a cure for the disease that cause its death.
This idea may sound like it came from a skeptic but some believe it to be true. From a Feng Shui master’s point of view, there is nothing wrong with this practice. Early Taoists believed in the immortality of the body and this is a bad goal in Feng Shui as it is in some Western beliefs.
Other beliefs may include placing the urn at the highest vaults is the best. This explains why vaults get increase in price as they get higher up the shelf. Many believe that the journey of the spirit of the departed will be shorter if placed at a higher position.
Many also look into the direction of where the tomb or urn is facing. This will depend on a lot of things such as the ancestors of the departed, the date of birth, date of death and other things that Feng Shui masters use to identify the proper “qi”. They use a Feng Shui compass to determine this and whichever direction the needle points to after the adjustments are made, then this will be the advised direction on where the urn should be placed or where the tomb or grave should be placed.
Feng Shui is obviously not based on scientific research, nor is it based on the Bible or Koran. It is a set of philosophies that guided the beliefs of Chinese people during the past. I, for one, am Chinese and up until today, I still do not get the idea of Feng Shui. Despite this, I still respect the beliefs that my ancestors followed. As long as it won’t bring you harm, there is no reason to push this practice away.