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The compass and the ruler: Theory and practice in Taiwanese geomancy


1997 1997

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This dissertation, from an anthropological approach, concerns the issue of theory and practice in Taiwanese geomancy through an analysis of its manuscripts and instruments--the compass and the ruler--to explore, on a larger scale, the interrelationship between theory, practice, and instrument. Chapter One introduces the purpose, methodology, and summary of this research, along with some background information on the village and geomancer on which this dissertation focuses. Chapter Two explores the idea of the metaphor residing in geomancy and examines the manuscripts of the geomancer. Chapter Three looks at the geomantic instruments--the ruler and the compass--and their mantic theories and methods. Chapter Four discusses the geomantic practice--on the house and tomb--with the social interactions in a village in southern Taiwan. This dissertation concludes by proposing an alternative thinking beyond rationality in architectural theory and practice through the study of Taiwanese geomancy.

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Subject
Architecture;
Cultural anthropology;
Landscaping
Classification
0729: Architecture
0326: Cultural anthropology
0390: Landscaping
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; divination
Title
The compass and the ruler: Theory and practice in Taiwanese geomancy
Author
Lu, April Huei-Min
Number of pages
196
Publication year
1997
Degree date
1997
School code
0175
Source
DAI-A 58/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780591363265, 0591363267
Advisor
Frascari, Marco
University/institution
University of Pennsylvania
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9727256
ProQuest document ID
304370042
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304370042
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