Taboo to Avoid Song

April 1, 2014

Today I read a very sad story about a well-known Hong Kong feng shui master, who was buried alive in a landslide, with four other victims, during a burial site inspection in the torrential rain, and in of all places, Zhaoqing 肇慶, where I was born.

This incident remained me of the Jihui (taboo to avoid) song 忌讳歌 I learned in Yinzhai Pai (Yin House School) feng shui:

山地十不葬
Ten kinds of mountainous (hilly) grounds not to bury:

一不葬童山
1) Do not bury in a mountain that is like a child (bare with little growth).
二不葬断山
2) Do not bury in a mountain that is broken.
三不葬石山
3) Do not bury in a mountain that is rocky.
四不葬过山
4) Do not bury in a mountain that is crossing another.
五不葬独山
5) Do not bury in a mountain that is standing alone.
六不葬逼山
6) Do not bury in a mountain that is pressing on another.
七不葬破山
7) Do not bury in a mountain that is damaged.
八不葬侧山
8) Do not bury in a mountain that is leaning (crooked).
九不藏陡山
9) Do not bury in a mountain that is too steep.
十不葬秃山
10) Do not bury in a mountain that is bald.

When we look at the picture of the cemetery below, it is located along a very steep hill, which is mentioned in No. 9 of 10 kinds of hilly areas not suitable for burial. Urbanozation and deforestation has worsen the problem when we are pushed to live on and to bury in dangerous grounds. On top of this, it has been raining and hailing heavily for days with gale force wind, so inspecting a place in the rain in this sort of situation is not an auspicious thing to do.

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