RIO the wounded dragon Rio de Janeiro landscape

Founded in 1565 by the Portuguese Rio de Janeiro is now a huge seaside city in Brazil, famed for its Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, 38m Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado and for Sugarloaf Mountain

Rio de Janeiro is not normally associated with feng shui, but provides an excellent demonstration of some landscape feng shui principles. The city fronts on to the entrance to Guanabara bay with an interesting promontory and island configuration.


Behind the city is the high mountain of Corcovado surmounted by a hundred foot tall granite figure of Christ with his arms outstretched. The mountain on which this figure is erected is a Dragon formation backing the city.

The city is, therefore, protected from behind and faces out into the bay. The striking granite outcrop called Sugarloaf at the top right hand of this photograph is part of a promontory which resembles a recumbent Turtle with its head extended on a narrow neck. Houses built on this site, particularly on the head of the Turtle will be quite auspicious. Out of range of this photo the flavelas, or slums are situated on steep slopes where heavy run off makes life difficult and the feng shui very inauspicious.

Out in the bay is an extraordinary island-like feature (which is actually a peninsula extending from Nitevoi), with two large peaks and three smaller ones. The houses constructed on the tail end of this will almost certainly be blessed with good feng shui. The whole of Guanabara bay is enclosed and protected, generally giving Rio a lot of energy.

The Dragon of Corcovado in the foreground however, has had a meandering road cut into its back and this wounding of the Dragon will contribute to social disturbance and upheaval in this otherwise well-aspected city.



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