Palace of Emperor Shen Long
8th c Chinese Tang Architecture
TANG DYNASTY Anonymous
(618 - 909)
Xi'an. Shaanxi. China.
The Tang court spent its winters in buildings like this reconstructed palace, set on a beautiful lake near Xian. Our knowledge of early palaces is derived from ritual books like the Kao Gongji which describes the Ming Tang, literally meaning "bright hall" a building dating from the Zhou dynasty. The book emphasizes the symbolic meaning of various elements of the palace, where rituals were carried out by the Son of Heaven to insure that proper devotion was paid to the ancestors and that human activities were brought into harmony with the forces of the universe known as QI (ch'i), spirit or breath. (Qi describes not only the essentially life-force of nature, but also the essential qualities of each thing.)
The Chinese concept of feng shui the practice of placing buildings in harmony with the forces of nature derived from these early practices. Feng shui becoming quite popular in America. The placing of the Tang palace compound, which is located on the site of a hot spring and a dragon pool, is certainly auspicious and must have added greatly to the comfort of its inhabitants.
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