Feng-Shui's "hidden arrow": a straight dry wash can trigger a debris/mudflow disaster
The traditional Chinese fear a straight alignment w; hich Chinese geomancy – ; feng-shui ; calls the “hidden ; arrow,” as they believe the evil energy follows a s; traight path. This research on landform patterns se; en ; in the historic 2013 Colorado flood impact areas en; ables a better understanding of ; feng-shui’s; “hidden ; arrow” concept. The author’s field investigations indicate that ; feng-shui; ’s “hidden arrows” in the ; landscape include a straight mountain ridge, an eve; n gradient slope, a straight track of a dry wash or; gully, and a straight watercourse. These “hidden a; rrows”, particularly the straight dry wash or gully; , ; play a significant role in causing debris/mudflows,; a deadly disaster in mountainous areas. This ; research found significant correspondences between ; feng-shui; principles and geomorphic concepts. ; These similarities help to illustrate the tremendou; s value of vernacular methods for sustaining ; civilizations. Insight into the folk knowledge woul; d not only help rethink vernacular wisdom but would; also enhance our methods and knowledge in creating ; sustainable environments and communities.