The ancient Chinese strongly believed in the need to seek the assistance of gods and spirits to bring good fortune in the form of wealth and sons, and to provide protection from demons.
They desired for their houses, temples and other buildings to be sited and oriented in a way that would put them in harmony with the yin yang and qi forces of the heavens and the earth. To meet this end, they developed a system known as feng shui (fengshui 风水).
“Feng” (风) means wind and “shui” (水) means water. Together they express the power of the flowing elements of nature. Through the proper understanding and application of feng shui principles, one can enjoy peace, good fortune, fertility and longevity.