Decoding the feng shui taboo about the kitchen

All feng shui schools believe that the stove and stove play a decisive role in the success or failure of each family.

Preliminary statistics show that there are more than thirty taboos related to the kitchen and kitchen architecture, of which the great “kitchen around the main door”.

According to feng shui researcher, Professor Vuong Ngoc Duc (Chinese University – China), due to the important nature of the kitchen and kitchen for the fortune of the family, many people consider the placement of the kitchen as a decisive factor. determine the success or failure of a feng shui plan. That’s why there are more and more taboos related to the kitchen, both superstitious, naive and unscientific.

Most of the taboos of “modern feng shui” about the kitchen are sharpened, arbitrarily added or removed. Here are misconceptions and taboos about the kitchen.

One of the first important factors when placing a kitchen is to have a correspondence with the door and the height of the homeowner. The dark kitchen is placed with its back to the direction of the house. The house is facing north but the kitchen is facing south is not favorable.

The ancients advised to let the oven (stove) cook “sit in the direction of the sand”, that is, lie in the evil direction and look towards the good direction. The kitchen door is the place where the wood is put to the bottom of the pot to burn. It must be placed in a good direction, so that there will be happiness quickly. The kitchen is not so obvious that people can see it right from the outside or the road from the door runs straight into the kitchen, so it’s easy to lose assets.

The pedestal of the stove should lean against the wall for stability, avoiding sharp corners shining into the cooking area so as not to harm the air in the house. Do not put the stove under the crossbar so that the female owner is damaged. The kitchen is located opposite the toilet, the bedroom door, the health of the whole family is affected. The kitchen looking directly at the main door or behind the kitchen with a window is not good for fear that the wind will blow off the warm fire and bring prosperity to the family.

The stove belongs to fire, most resistant to the cool air of water, so do not place the stove facing the North. Do not place the cooking table on a trench, ditch, or water line, and do not place the stove between two powerful objects of the Water element, such as a refrigerator, sink, or washing machine. The kitchen must be placed on a high floor, airy and full of light. The kitchen legs should not be bumpy. It is forbidden to place the kitchen on a slant, the roof of the kitchen must not leak…

Readers are easily confused, believe in the above taboo because it is explained according to the five-element relationship.

The kitchen is an important area in the house, so it is often noticed by homeowners when designing and arranging it so that it does not violate feng shui. However, not all taboos about the kitchen are true. Photo: WSJ

To explain the taboos related to the kitchen (including the problem of the kitchen around the main door), first of all, it is necessary to return to the traditional house, including the big house (the upper house) and the kitchen (the lower house); both of them turn to the yard or to the front yard of the house and to the big house for convenience. At that time, if the big house is Dong Tu Trach, the kitchen is located in one of the South, North, East or Southeast directions; On the contrary, in a large house in Tay Tu Trach, the kitchen is located in one of the West, Southwest, Northwest or Northeast directions. According to this model, the kitchen is never “closed to the main door”, because both the big house and the kitchen share the same yard, going from any direction to the kitchen must go through the yard or through the porch, the corridor connecting the kitchen to the house. .

Thus, the traditional kitchen can only be done on two sides of a large house. Not making a kitchen in front or behind a large house is a natural fact, for the convenience of the family.

In the past, the kitchen was also a place to warm in the winter, so the stove was often placed in the center of the kitchen, convenient for everyone to gather to warm up. Stoves are not placed close to the wall, not under the crossbar (in the kitchen) because cooking with grass, straw, firewood… can easily lead to fire and inconvenience when picking up ashes and storing firewood. Walls, kitchen roofs must be discreet to avoid cooking on stormy days; winter drafts cannot warm.

The kitchen consists of a kitchen (kitchen) and an apple (stove). When designing the feng shui of the kitchen, it is necessary to distinguish the direction of the stove door from the direction of the kitchen door. If the kitchen is built according to the principles of Bat Trach feng shui, the direction of the kitchen door should never be in conflict with the main door.

The taboo “kitchen around the main door” is in fact to avoid placing the apple tree directly in the direction of the kitchen door, because if the wind from the yard blows through the main door or window directly on the apple tree, the ashes will fly in the kitchen. Placing the apple tree in the direction of the kitchen door will limit the heating space of the whole family, inconvenient when traveling, storing firewood around the kitchen… In the winter when sitting to warm up, but when the wind blows, the coals and ash will fly in. face, even burns. While cooking, drafts can cause the embers to catch on the straw, firewood, and cause house fires.

In the olden days, when there was no iron or cast iron bracket, families often used clay to shape the head of vegetables, thus abstaining from pouring water into it to damage it, not “feng shui cavalier kitchen near water, do not place the stove on the water tank. , gutters to avoid incompatibility” as recent deductive views.

In folk beliefs, there are many taboos related to the apple. Tao Quan is considered to be the god of “destiny” who governs everything in the family. Praying for children (for children to continue) is always related to the Tao Quan. Feng shui “repair the kitchen to give birth to a son” both comes from this meaning, and at the same time takes the law of the circulation of the air system that affects the kitchen as the main one.

Many bibliographies clearly state that the Tao Quan is “Dong Tru Tu par Tao Phu Than Quan”, so the folk theological conceptions say that the apple man must be placed in a profound position, without revealing his generals. Besides, most families put the apple tree (garb) on the ground to cook. If the stove is directly facing the kitchen door, when opening the door to enter, the toes of the feet and the lower body are “directly facing” in the apple’s mouth, committing a crime of disrespect to the “kitchen king”…

It can be said that the feng shui taboos related to the kitchen are derived from the reality of daily life. Its science is the suitability with objective conditions, at the same time convenient and effective in daily life. The combination of feng shui with folk elements, although creating some taboos about the kitchen, is not as vague and unreasonable as it is today.

Cultural researcher Pham Dinh Hai


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