In the underground tomb of Fan Yen-Shih, d. A.D. 689, two painted silk veils show the First Ancestors of the Chinese, their entwined serpect bodies rotating around the invisible vertical axis mundi. Fu Hsi holds the set-square and plumb bob … as he rules the four-cornered earth, while his sister-wife Nü-wa holds the compass pointing up, as she rules the circling heavens. The phrase kuci chü is used by modern Chinese to signify “the way things should be, the moral standard”; it literally means the compass and the square. (Temple and Cosmos pages. 91-132 at page 115)
There is a good deal more on the topic, though not Michael's research, at:
I also ran across the original printed volumes of
Hung Society: Or the Society of Heaven and Earth/3 Volumes in 1 by J. S. M. Ward and W. G. Sterling (Jun 1926) in the BYU library. //
Originals are a little pricy:
Triad Societies: Western Accounts of the History, Sociology and Linguistics of Chinese Secret Societies (Colonial Encoun...
But fascinating. Ward was a colonial official and a Mason. He joined the Triad lodges in Hong Kong, and then, when the British made them illegal, participated in confiscating their material and regalia. He felt no remorse at publishing a three volume set on their rituals, which I later reworked as a heroquest for a project I was working on.