Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies (formerly ICCSSIS), ICCSIS 2019, 24-25 October 2019, Medan, North Sumatera, Indonesia

Research Article

The Use of Pa Kua Mirror According to Feng Shui by the Chinese Ethnic in Kotapinang

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.24-10-2019.2290630,
        author={Tri Rahma Dana},
        title={The Use of Pa Kua Mirror According to Feng Shui by the Chinese Ethnic in Kotapinang},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies (formerly ICCSSIS), ICCSIS 2019, 24-25 October 2019, Medan, North Sumatera, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ICSSIS},
        year={2019},
        month={12},
        keywords={pa kua mirrors chinese ethnic feng shui hoi kong},
        doi={10.4108/eai.24-10-2019.2290630}
    }
    
  • Tri Rahma Dana
    Year: 2019
    The Use of Pa Kua Mirror According to Feng Shui by the Chinese Ethnic in Kotapinang
    ICSSIS
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.24-10-2019.2290630
Tri Rahma Dana1,*
  • 1: Postgraduate Social Anthropology, Universitas Negeri Medan, Indonesia
*Contact email: rahmatridana@yahoo.co.id

Abstract

This study aims to determine the use of Pa Kua (Ba Gua) mirrors by ethnic Chinese in Kotapinang District, Labuhanbatu Selatan. This research was carried out through James Spradley's ethnographic qualitative research. The data collection techniques were conducted through interviews, observation and documentation study. The results showed that the mirror with an octagonal shape was divided into two forms, namely Convex (eliminating negative energy) and Concave (capturing positive energy) made of aluminum and silver, believed by many ethnic Chinese to capture good things and drive out things bad things that are usually placed outside the house above the entrance of the house. This mirror is one of the Feng Shui products which is believed to provide protection and things that are considered good for those who believe in it. The use of Pa Kua mirrors for ethnic Chinese is equated with the indigenous population who believe in shamans for things that are considered good. To be able to use the Pa Kua mirror properly, the mirror must be in Hoi Kong first then it can be used. Trusting Feng Shui and mirrors is not a necessity that must be done by all ethnic Chinese in Kotapinang, because there are some ethnic Chinese who choose not to trust Feng Shui or the Pa Kua mirrors.