ADELAIDE’S largest cemetery has brought in a feng shui expert to ensure it is catering to the Chinese community. Centennial Park has engaged the consultant in feng shui – a Chinese belief that spatial arrangement and orientation influences energy flow – as part of the creation of a new section of the 40ha Pasadena park.
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“Because it’s a new area, the aim was to talk to a range of cultures about what they’d like to see as far as landscaping,” Centennial Park business development manager Mary-Anne O’Leary said.
“As part of a community consultation we were advised that would be a good idea for the Chinese community to see if there were any feng shui elements that we could or should take into account in our landscaping design.”
The cemetery’s 2017 annual report listed “market research with the Chinese community to better understand their specific cultural needs” as a key achievement.
Graveyard Feng Shui:
■ Choose a site with sunlight. Otherwise the owner may have few male descendants and female descendants may be unhappy for no reason.
■ Avoid sites on a mountain ridge or mountain top, which may lead descendants to have harsh lives.
■ Do not choose a site with water flowing past, in order not to have ill or sick descendants. However, flowing water in fountains etc are encouraged to bring energy.
■ Avoid sites below high-voltage wires to avoid bad luck for the family.
■ The site at the foot of the cemetery walls is not good, as it may lead later generations to have conflicts with others.
■ Avoid a used graveyard. If the burial plot soil is from a used graveyard, bring some new soil from auspicious places.
■ A good graveyard should be larger than one square metre and have boundary lines which can meet at right angles. It is even better to build low walls around the grave. But there must be an entrance, which should be in the middle of a wall and the entrance should face south, southeast or south-southeast.
■ It is good to plant some trees around the tomb. Evergreen pines and cypresses are best. Usually, the trees are in even numbers and arranged on two sides of the tombstone symmetrically. Trees should be at least 3m away, to avoid the roots growing into the tomb.
■ Do not cover the graveyard with stone or concrete floor completely; leave some space for soil, flowers and plants.
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