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Four Orientation Gods of Ancient Chinese Architecture


Medium: conference paper
Language(s): English
Conference: 2012 International Conference on Civil, Architectural and Hydraulic Engineering (ICCAHE 2012), August 10-12th 2012, Zhangjiajie (China)
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Page(s): 61-64
DOI: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.209-211.61

East blue dragon, west white tiger, south phoenix and north tortoise were four orientation gods of ancient Chinese architecture. Four orientations derived from the astronomical phenomena about Big Dipper in the sky. Four gods were ancient totem symbols. Chinese ancients had the idea of “harmony between nature and man”. Many buildings were organic arranged and isomorphic with the sky. Buildings usually sit north and faced south, and their sides were toward to four directions named----east blue dragon, west white tiger, south red phoenix and north black tortoise. The applying of orientation gods to some extent caused the stylized mode in architecture.

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