Chinese Metaphysics On Predicting

The art of fortune telling originated from the intention to create a medium to communicate with the gods, to interact with the unknown world so that man could actively seek guidance and revelation for his well being. This motive goes way back in our history to the very beginning when man was most helpless against nature and occurrences brought about by it. In ancient cultures which formed earlier than others in history, the development of the revelation seeking art has gained much focus, too. In China, it has even become an integral part of the culture.

As ancient Chinese culture blossomed early and developed uninterrupted, many of its creations meant for scared purposes grew fast in refinement and importance. Not long after, three different forms of art for predicting the future, together with two other studies, formed what were called the Five Chinese Arts.

The Five Arts are Shan, Yi, Bu, Xiang and Shu. Shan, literally, Mountain, referred to practices carried out in the mountains, which included religion, Qigong, study of metaphysical scriptures, just to name a few. Yi referred to the practice of medicine, which included the study of herbs, holistic practices, diet, etc.

Bu, the practice of divination, Xiang, the practice of feature reading, including face reading and palmistry, and Shu, literally, magical calculations, are different forms of art for predicting the future. Although the three arts of forecasting have gone through various degrees of transformation, they are now more widely practiced than ever.

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