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Myth of Tomb Feng Shui.
Part 1. Serious Deviation from Ancestor Worship

Prof. Dr. Ong Hean-Tatt. 21 July 2015

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Historical records show that Confucius condemned the erection of the tomb!

Ancient Testimony of Confucius Against Tombs

Feng Shui of Yin premises is indeed the most powerful of all Feng Shui, but it is not tomb Feng Shui. Those wanting to have a proper Feng Shui of Yin premises must note that Confucius condemned the erections of tombs:

  • Confucius, the admirer of primitive antiquity, castigated this custom of the mound as an unwarrantable innovation. Confucius implied clearly that the ancient form of interment had been deviated from: "When the Ancients buried their dead, they covered the body thickly with pieces of wood, having laid it in open country. They raised no mound over it, not planted trees around; nor had they any fixed period of mourning. In subsequent years, the Sages substituted for these practices inner and outer coffins." I Ching, Book of Changes. Appendix III, p.385. Legge 1967.

A research study into the historical testimony would show that the ancients did not make tombs. In ancient times no one bothered about the corpse which was allowed to rot away to become part of the soil and land. There are some legends about how some famous people in the pre-Shang era, like especially Yao, Shun and Yu, were buried. Master Mi-tze stated (DeGroot, 1892 Vol.2 p.676):

  • In ancient times when Yao died on an expedition which he had undertaken to discipline the eight savage tribes in the North, and was buried on the northern slope of mount Khiung he was only enveloped in 3 dresses and shrouds. His coffin was made of wood of the Kioh tree, and Dolichos creepers were tied around it, and when it was placed in the grave they wailed for him, filled the pit with earth but raised no mound over it, so that the cows and horses rambled over the spot when burial was over.

    When Shun had died by the way while reducing to order the seven tribes of barbarians in the West and was buried in the market town of Nan-ki, his grave clothes and shrouds likewise consisted of no more than three, his coffin was also of Kioh wood and wound around with Dolichos creepers, and when his interment was completed, the people of that town freely moved over his grave.

    And when Yu, while traveling abroad to discipline the nine tribes of the barbarians of the East, had passed away and was buried in the mountains of Hwui-khi, no more than three dresses and shrouds were placed around his body; his coffin of Tung wood was only three inches thick and the Dolichos creepers that were tied around it were twisted so loosely, that they dud not even cause the boards to fit together. And on making the grave, they did not dig deep into the bowels of the earth, but contended themselves with interring the coffin so that the bottom did not reach the ground water and no bad smell escaped at the top, and when the burial was over they placed the rest of the earth upon the grave in such a wise that it could not be distinguished from the cultivated fields around.

So, the corpse was just allowed to rot away into nothing. This was also the mode of burial of the Mongols who conquered the Sung dynasty. The Mongols would take their dead khans and buried them somewhere secret in the prairies north of China. There were no tombs for the dead khans. The prairies eventually reclaimed the land under where the khans were buried. However, ancestor worship rituals would be later carried out, where mobile Mongol tents were used as centers for the rituals.

Ancient Feng Shui masters like Yang Yun Sung and Jiang Da Hong noted the ancient traditions that the corpse and its grave were abandoned after three years of mourning.

Feng Shui of Yin premises do not depend on the tomb!

Feng Shui Masters Yang Yun Sung and Jiang Da Hong Stated
Corpse and Coffin Not Necessary in Feng Shui of Yin Premises

This historical fact that there were no tombs in ancient times was recognised by Jiang Da Hong, the Ming dynasty imperial Feng Shui expert:

  • Those dead all buried are returning back to the fertile land, returning back to its origin is the meaning that is in repetitive. Tian Yuan Wu Ge 1.14.

The same historical fact that there were no tombs in ancient times was recognised earlier by Yang Yun Sung, the Tang dynasty imperial Feng Shui expert:

  • Immediately follow the joss sticks and candles descending to the people. Ancient people having calling home the soul and buried it, calling home the soul nobody can be the example, calling home the soul and after the burial, the praying ceremony is strict, in within the 400 years, the Han family is prosperous. Not restricted on the mortal remains (skeleton and bone) to bury own offsprings (relatives), only want the praying ceremony joss sticks and candles bright. Also have four to five hundred years ancestors, the coffin and its outer layer, mortal remains (skeleton and bone) turning into earth. The sons and grandchildren thousand and hundred still in fame, people pointing at these mountains and asking who are the owners? Yi Lung Jing Questions 1.11 to 1.15

Tang dynasty Feng Shui master Yang Yun Sung further noted that what was critical important was the ancestor worship ritual of "only want the praying ceremony joss sticks and candles bright". The dead corpse was not important, as it and its coffin would rot away into dust.

Jiang Da Hong even made a critical remark that the dead has no more influence over Fate:

  • Not knowing the dead already without Fate, the reversed qi entering into the earth as the repeated [cyclic] Fate. Tian Yuan Wu Ge 5.16


The students mourned for Confucius for three years. After that Confucius grave was abandoned and forgotten.
Enigma of Confucius' Empty Tomb

Once you recognised that the ancient Chinese never had tombs you may understand an enigma which baffles the Chinese authorities in connection with the tomb of Confucius in Qufu, Jiangsu province, China. This enigma was presented in a previous web page ( and reproduced here:

  • An older well known tomb would be that of Confucius at Qufu, Jiangsu province. Confucius died in 600 BC. It was founding Han emperor Kao Tsu, circa 250 BC, who made the first imperial visit to the tomb of Confucius. After that, emperors or their representatives would visit Confucius' tomb and showered honours and gifts on the Kung family. Hence, generation aftrer generation of members of the Kung family have enjoyed blessings for over 2,000 years. The Feng Shui of Confucius' tomb must be very potent.

    King He Lu, circa 500 BC tried to destroy the Feng Shui of Confucius' tomb by diverting a river to pass through the grounds. But that move actually improves the Feng Shui of the burial grounds of Confucius!

    Confucius' tomb would be a very good example of successful tomb Feng Shui! Those who ensure that their ancestors were properly buried would get good Feng Shui. Only, one unexpected event destroys that myth.

    Red Guards vandalised the cemetery. When they opened up Confucius' tomb they were stumped by a great mystery. Confucius' tomb is empty!

    If there was never a corpse in Confucius' tomb, how did the Kung family obtain generations of blessings from Feng Shui of Yin premises?

The reason for the empty tomb of Confucius was connected to burial and ancestor worship customs of the early Zhou dynasty.


Clue to the Enigma:
Ancient Custom of Mourning and Ancestor Worship

The ancient classics shows that the Zhou dynasty custom was a mourning period of three years for a dead person:

  • The Book of Rites says: Thus, it is that in the mourning of three years the highest forms that vary and adorn the ways of men are displayed. Yes, this is what is called the richest exhibition (of human feelings). [Book 35. 13 Legge]

    'This shows Yu's want of virtue (*Bu Ren). It is not till a child is three years old that it is allowed to leave the arms of its parents. And the three years' mourning is universally observed throughout the empire. Did Yu enjoy the three years' love of his parents?' [Analects 17. 21 Legge]

This customary mourning period of three years was seen when Confucius was mourned by his students:

  • Confucius' students were greatly saddened by his death and they now gathered together for his funeral. At the time, there were no customs for how students should dress in traditional mourning garments at their teacher's funeral. When Yan Hui and Zhong You passed away, even though Confucius did not wear mourning robes, he remained in mourning for his students in the way that a parent would remain in mourning for a child's death. Another of Confucius' most important students, Duan-mu Ci proposed that all the students remain in mourning for Confucius for three years, as was customary at that time for a parent's death. But to avoid conflict with the traditional rites, they did not adopt the mourning garment since they were not mourning for their blood parents, but they did remain in mourning for three years. By the end of the twenty-fifth month, when the mourning period ended, they wept and bid each other farewell. Duan-mu Ci was left alone and stayed for another three years before leaving the site of his master's grave. Su-Fen Lin and Timothy Baker Jr.. 2011. Passing Down the Teachings of Confucius. Home Sages The Life of Confucius

What was probably not realised was that once the three years mourning period was over, the grave and its corpse were just abandoned! No one bothered about the grave and the corpse anymore! Grass and weeds would just grew over them. Should one returned to the site some years later one would find it very difficult to trace back the original site of the burial.

Modern students of Feng Shui of Yin premises should note that, back in Confucius' time, while there was ancestor worship going back to the Shang dynasty, there were no tombs for there to be any Feng Shui of tombs!

  • When Liu Pang became the founding Han emperor Kao Tsu, the emperor visited Qufu to pay homage to Confucius. His visit started the long historical tradition of the imperial families making visit to Qufu to pay homage to Confucius.

    To cater for this homage, the tomb of Confucius was erected. At that time, Confucius was already dead some 300 years and no one knew where Confucius was buried. Confucius' bones if any remaining could never be recovered. So it was just an empty tomb which served as a memorial to Confucius. Down the centuries, the emperors and their representatives visited this memorial-tomb.


Qian Long tomb.

Critical Aspect of Feng Shui of Yin Premises

Confucius recorded down:

  • "When a superior man is about to engage in building, the ancestral temple should have his first attention, the stables and arsenal the next, and the residences the last." [Li Chi, Bk. I, 11, Pt. I, 9. Cf. "She King," Pt. III, Bk. J, Ode III, and Legge's note, S.B.E., Vol. III, p. 384.]

There was no doubt that in those ancient Zhou period, when there were no yet permanent tombs, there was already ancestor worship, which was regarded as top priority, even by Confucius, as quoted above. The ancestral temple was more important than the Yang residence. Any event no matter how great must stop when there was a solar eclipse or when there was a fire at the ancestor temple.

In agreement with the perspective coming down from Confucius' time, the Ming dynasty Feng Shui master Jiang Da Hong also emphasised the top priority of ancestor worship:

  • Commenting on house god ancestor temple is the most crucial, that why people maintaining and building temples to be the priority. Tian Yuan Wu Ge 4.35

It is this Feng Shui of the Yin premise of the ancestor temple which is most critical and still much valid today. It is the ancestor temple not the tomb around which Feng Shui of Yin premises is built. .

  • An Indian astrologer came to learn in our Feng Shui courses. He said the Hindus would just cremate the corpse and throw the ashes into the Ganges. There were no tombs but the Hindus have their own version of ancestor worship. Likewise, there are ancient cultures which even let the corpses be eaten by birds but they had ancestor worship rituals. The corpse is not important. What is important is the ancestor worship.

There is no true Feng Shui of Yin premises on tombs. The current Feng Shui of tombs, which has no support at all from the ancient texts of the Sung dynasty and before, is just a myth. Those who advocate tomb Feng Shui are just bluffing themselves and others, who are misled to spend a lot of money on false Feng Shui of so-called tombs Feng Shui

Return to the real Feng Shui of Yin premises which is always centered on ancestor worship. Stick with us to learn and find out what is the true original Feng Shui of Yin premises once used by the Chinese emperors.


Are you studying the ancient texts? Or, do you just receive what you know from your master, and he from the previous master, and so on? .

Practitioners of the many modern tomb Feng Shui schools are committing serious harmful errors as they do not study the ancient texts and the historical testimony:

  • "Siting experts have a great deal to say, not from books about how the great sages and worthies of ancient times made their selections, but rather from books fabricated by people later on to suit themselves..." (Ole Bruun 2003 p.66).


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