Structures of the Eastern Constructional Beliefs

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Choopong Thongkamsamut


“Feng Shui” and “Vaastu” are the constructional beliefs which came from ancient China and India. At
present, they become the influential topics that determine the building configuration in many countries. But
sometimes, their contents conflict with the current scientific design principles. This study will expose their
influential factors which generate their contents and structures. The essences of this analysis can help us to
apply them in the proper way. By using scientific methods, the result of this study shows the Influential factors
of these beliefs such as; 1) Heaven factors are; climate, (air temperature, relative humidity, air pressure and
wind) time, (daytime-nighttime, seasons). 2) Earth factors are; topographical condition, water resources, landform,
land slope, geographical condition, altitude height, and natural resources. and 3) Human factors are;
administration of the city, social value, human comfort conditions, and human culture.

These constructional beliefs have been applied by superstitious way or deductive reasoning. Moreover,
the scopes of these beliefs are limited on their origin area in the period of time that the influential factors are
still not changed.


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