Even the best feng shui cannot last forever.
July 27, 2014
The Kaya Village lies just 10 km from Oludeniz, a popular tourist resort in the Turkish Aegean Coast. The village was built on the ancient Lycian city of Karmylassos and was known as “Levissi”.
Before the 1920s there were stone houses for a population of 25,000 located panoramically around the slopes of three hills, overlooking the Kaya plains. The main part of the town is located in the middle forming the Black Turtle with a less populated Azure Dragon hill to the left and a White Tiger hill to the right. It has the perfect location, forming a “Si-Ling” (the Four Mythical Animals) feng shui model facing the warm south sun and protected from behind. Yet this village with good feng shui, made of indestructible stones, did not last.
After the Turkish War of Independence, the Turkish and Greek government agreed to a population exchange, with the Greeks, who were mainly Orthodox Christians moved to mainland Greece and the Turks, who were mainly Sunni Muslims, moved in.
But the new Turkish settlers did not feel comfortable moving into an environment with an alien culture and religious faith to their own. Gradually they moved away and left the village a ghost town. The earthquake in 1956 put a final end to this picturesque place and is now preserved as a “Museum Village”.
The Human Qi is always an essential part of feng shui, no matter how good the feng shui of a place can be, if it does not resonates with the inhabitants (in feng shui terms it has no “qing” or love and affection), then the good feng shui cannot exert its auspiciousness. Good feng shui can only be effective when it is “timely” (“he-shi” 合時) and “affectionate” (you-qing 有情) to the occupants.
From a Form School point of view, some of more technically orientated would argue that the village did not last, because the two guests on the either side of the host (the Azure Dragon and the White Tiger hills) are not respectful of the Black Turtle in the middle (being too far forward), therefore in the end the host, the original settlers were pushed out, yet the guests the Turkish late-comers, being too exposed, did not survived either.