I am a Tombstone Tourist: someone who loves to wander cemeteries. I find it akin to visiting a museum: an opportunity to enjoy rarely seen sculpture, intricate carvings, and amazing architecture, all in a tranquil outdoor setting. This blog is about cemetery culture, art, history, issues of death, and genealogy - subjects of current relevance. I usually find something that intrigues me and makes me want to dig deeper. Care to join me? Read on...
the 21st century, burial is not as easy as it once was. We now
have end of life tours, end of life planning professionals, tailor-made
funerals; In fact, there is an end of life revolution occurring throughout the
U.S. as Baby Boomers bury parents, and grow older themselves. One topic that
caught my attention recently concerned larger cemeteries offering feng shui burials to their Chinese
shui is “a Chinese system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in
relation to the flow of energy (qi), and whose favorable or unfavorable effects
are taken into account when siting and designing buildings.” –
Feng Shui for the Bedroom
Feng shui (pronounced fung shway)
became popular in the United States, Britain, Canada and Australia during the
1990s as people sought ways to live lives more in balance with nature. By using
certain techniques and methods to affect the flow of positive chi (energy) in their living
spaces, work places and burial sites, feng shui is said to promote balance,
prosperity and harmony for those who reside there.
Ancient Egyptian Burials
Death and burial traditions are
common in all societies. Feng shui has been used for thousands of years in burial traditions. Ancient Egyptians understood the importance of man being
in harmony with nature, both during life, and after. And archaeologists have
discovered elaborate temples and tombs that adhered to these basic harmonious principles.
The Chinese believe that there is a
connection between ancestors and their descendants, even after death; that they
continue to share a comparable wavelength. In other words, if the burial of a
relative is not considered auspicious and certain requirements are not adhered
to, negative frequencies could be passed down to family members and future
Burial Feng Shui
A feng shui burial is made up of
many components. Since the body must remain intact, burial is the option most
The first thing to consider is the location
and direction of the grave. When practicing feng shui, certain directions are
considered more auspicious than others. Also the direction the body is pointing
and the location of the tombstone are believed to be important. And the day on
which to hold the funeral must be calculated by a feng shui master.
Here are just a few feng shui
practices that apply to a grave’s physical arrangement.
1) Green grass is encouraged togrow on family members graves so relatives
water, fertilize and weed around the plots and tombstones.
2) Feng Shui discourages burying a
loved one near a tree because the roots can interfere with the coffin. Trees
are not allowed to be planted on graves either.
3) Cemetery gates must not pass over any graves because this is considered bad luck and
could lead to legal entanglements for the family.
4) It is also bad luck to step on a
grave so walkways are constructed in Chinese burial grounds.
5) The dirt on top of a grave should never be allowed to
become concave because water will pool there and could cause
complications to the grave, and the health of the family.
Graves in Arcs
6) Grave sites should be arranged in
arcs instead of in straight rows.
7) A Feng Shui master should
calculate the correct angle at which to bury the body, and also the day on
which the funeral should be held.
interest in feng shui grows, we can expect to see more cemeteries embracing
some of these principles. And to be honest, anything that promotes peace,
harmony and balance, even after death, sounds appealing enough to consider –
just to be on the “safe” side.