P'ungsu

A Study of Geomancy in Korea

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Hong-Key Yoon
  • Albany, NY: 
    State University of New York Press
    , January
     2018.
     444 pages.
     $95.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9781438468693.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Kristina Burhman forthcoming.

Description

The first scholarly book to address Korean geomancy through an interdisciplinary lens.

This book is a milestone in the history of academic research on the development and role of geomancy (fengshui in Chinese and p’ungsu in Korean) in Korean culture and society. As the first interdisciplinary work of its kind, it investigates many topics in geomancy studies that have never been previously explored, and contains contributions from a number of disciplines including geography, historical studies, environmental science, architecture, landscape architecture, religious studies, and psychoanalysis. While almost all books in English about geomancy are addressed to general readers as practical guides for divining auspicious locations, P’ungsu is a work of rigorous scholarship that documents, analyzes, and explains past and current practices of geomancy. Its readers will better understand the impact of geomancy on the Korean cultural landscape and appreciate the significant ecological principles embedded in the geomantic traditions of Korea; while researchers will discover new insights and inspirations for future research on geomancy not only in Korea, but in China and elsewhere.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Hong-key Yoon is Associate Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and the author of The Culture of Fengshui in Korea: An Exploration of East Asian Geomancy.

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