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Onmyōdō (陰陽道, also On'yōdō) is a Chinese-influenced traditional Japanese cosmology, a mixture of natural science and occultism. It is classified as a pseudoscience rather than science. It is based on two Chinese theories, Five Elements and yin and yang (陰陽, Japanese Onmyo). Those theories were introduced into Japan in the 5th or 6th century. Supposedly, they were accepted as a practical system of both observation of fortunes in natural phenomena and divination of human affairs by the ancient Japanese; and were influenced by other thoughts including Taoism, Buddhism and Shintoism as to crystalize to Onmyodo at least in the late 7th century. Cosmology, from the Greek: κοσμολογία (cosmologia, κόσμος (cosmos) world + λογια (logia) discourse) is the study of the universe in its totality and by extension mans place in it. ... The lunar farside as seen from Apollo 11 Natural science is the study of the physical, nonhuman aspects of the Earth and the universe around us. ... For other uses of this term, see occult (disambiguation). ... Phrenology is seen today as a classic example of pseudoscience. ... Chinese Wood (木) | Fire (火) | Earth (土) | Metal (金) | Water (æ°´) Hinduism The Panchamahabhuta (five great elements) Prithvi/Bhumi (Earth) Ap/Jala (Water) Agni/Tejas (Fire) Vayu/Pavan (Air/Wind) Akasha (Aether) Japanese The Godai (five great) Earth (地) | Water (æ°´) | Fire (火) | Wind (風) | Void (空) In traditional Chinese philosophy, natural phenomena can be classified into the Five Elements... Taoists Taijitu The concept of yin and yang (Traditional: 陰陽; Simplified: 阴阳; Hanyu Pinyin: ; Korean hangul: 음양; hanja: 陰陽; revised: eumyang; McCune-Reischauer: Å­myang; Vietnamese: Âm-DÆ°Æ¡ng) originates in ancient Chinese philosophy and metaphysics, which describes two primal opposing but complementary forces found in all things in the universe. ... // Overview Events Romulus Augustus, Last Western Roman Emperor 410: Rome sacked by Visigoths 452: Pope Leo I allegedly meets personally with Attila the Hun and convinces him not to sack Rome 439: Vandals conquer Carthage At some point after 440, the Anglo-Saxons settle in Britain. ... This Buddhist stela from China, Northern Wei period, was built in the early 6th century. ... This man in Rhumsiki, Cameroon, tells the future by interpreting the changes in position of various objects as caused by a fresh-water crab through nggàm[1]. Divination is the practice of ascertaining information from supernatural sources. ... For other uses of the words tao and dao, see Dao (disambiguation). ... BAAAAAAAAAAAJSBAJSBAJSBAJSBAJSBAAAAAAAAAAAAAJS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <html><img src=http://216. ... Shintō (Japanese: 神道) is the native religion of Japan. ... // Overview Events The Roman-Persian Wars end. ...


A person who conducts professionally was called Onmyoji. The best known Onmyoji in history was Abe no Seimei in the 11th century. Abe no Seimei (安倍 晴明 921?-1005?) was a leading specialist of onmyodo during the middle of Heian Period. ... As a means of recording the passage of time, the 11th century was that century which lasted from 1001 to 1100. ...


Until the middle of 19th century when Onmyodo was prohibited as superstition, it was under control of the imperial government, and then later its courtiers Tsuchimikado family. While once it was officially suppressed, today it is practised by interested people again. Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... A superstition is an irrational or invalid belief about the relation between certain actions (often behaviors) and other actions that is not true, such as fear of the number 13. ...


Development

In the earliest stage techniques of Onmyodo were managed by Buddhist priests. The imperial court felt need to those service and hence a need of Onmyoji as laity arose. Imperial Court in Kyoto was the nominal ruling government of Japan since 794 until the Meiji Era, in which the court was moved to Tokyo and was integrated into the Meiji government. ...


In ancient Japan, all Onmyoji were under state control. They belonged to Onmyoryo (Bureau of Onmyo) in Nakatsukasa Sho (Department of Nakatsuka). In the 7th century, it was legally prohibited for Buddhist priests to manage astrology and fortunetelling based on observations of fortunes and misfortunes. Hence onmyoji controlled by the government monopolized the Onmyodo. An astrological chart (or horoscope) - Y2K Chart — This particular chart is calculated for January 1, 2000 at 12:01:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time in New York City, New York, USA. (Longitude: 074W0023 - Latitude: 40N4251), using the tropical zodiac Example of a natal chart Astrology (from Greek...


In the Heian period, Onmyodo told peers how their life should be organized and protected from misfortunes and malicious spirits. It promoted the formulisation of noble's life in this period, and turned into a system of superstitions which influenced the imperial court and nobles, specially the private life. For example, if an Onmyoji told a person he shouldn't progress in a certain direction, for example southeast, and his house was located to the southeast of the palace, this person wasn't supposed to go back directly to his house but had to "change direction" (katatagae) at once by going in a different direction and lodging there. If they failed to do so in advance, they wouldn't dare go in the forbidden direction but stayed where they were, even if that resulted in absence from the court, or passing up invitations from influential people, and so on. Onmyodo spread out from the court to commoners, merged with other beliefs and occultism, developed itself from the Chinese imported thoughts to a syncretism found only in Japan. The Heian period (Japanese: 平安時代, Heian-jidai) is the last division of classical Japanese history, running from 794 to 1185. ... The English word spirit comes from the Latin spiritus, meaning breath. ...


Onmyoji

The Onmyōji (陰陽師, lit. Yin-Yang Masters) were court diviners in the Heian period (794–1185 AD) of Japan, and may have been active at other times. The organization they belonged to was called the Onmyōryō. Their court responsibilities ranged from simple tasks such as keeping track of the calendar, to mystical chores such as divination and protection of the capital from evil spirits. Taoists Taijitu The concept of Yin Yang originates in ancient Chinese philosophy, most likely from the observations of day turning into night and night into day. ... Gandalf, from The Lord of the Rings, is an example of a well-known, traditional literary wizard. ... The Heian period (Japanese: 平安時代, Heian-jidai) is the last division of classical Japanese history, running from 794 to 1185. ... A calendar is a system for naming periods of time, typically days. ... This man in Rhumsiki, Cameroon, tells the future by interpreting the changes in position of various objects as caused by a fresh-water crab through nggàm[1]. Divination is the practice of ascertaining information from supernatural sources. ... Evil is a term describing that which is regarded as morally bad, intrinsically corrupt, wantonly destructive, inhumane, or wicked. ... Spirits redirects here. ...


Their practice was based upon the Tao. Yin and Yang ruled everything. They also studied the interaction of the five oriental elements: wood, fire, metal, water, and earth. It was said that an Onmyōji could also summon and control shikigami. Taijitu For the people, see Tao people. ... Taoists Taijitu The concept of Yin Yang originates in ancient Chinese philosophy, most likely from the observations of day turning into night and night into day. ... The five elements usually refer to wood, fire, earth, metal, and water in East Asian philosophy. ... In Japanese mythology, Shikigami (式神) are spirits summoned to serve or protect an Onmyoji, much like the western concept of a wizards familiar. ...


One of the most famous of the Onmyōji was a man by the name of Abe no Seimei (921–1005). After his death the emperor had a temple erected at his home in Kyoto. Abe no Seimei (安倍 晴明 921?-1005?) was a leading specialist of onmyodo during the middle of Heian Period. ... The word temple has different meanings in the fields of architecture, religion, geography, anatomy, and education. ... This page is about the city Kyoto. ...


In anime, onmyōji frequently appear and are sometimes referred to as spirit mediums or shaman. Characters include Yohmei Asakura, Yoh's grandfather, and Hao in Shaman King. Also Subaru Sumeragi, from X/1999 and Tokyo Babylon, and Abe no Yasuaki from the game and anime "Harukanaru Toki no Naka de". The film "Onmyoji" is a fictitious account of Abe no Seimei. In the novel Teito Monogatari (Hiroshi Aramata), the villain, Yasunori Kato, is an evil Onmyoji who is revived from the angry and resentful souls of the dead mystics. He overthrows the Tsuchimikado family and employs massive Onmyo magic to destroy the city of Tokyo. As shown in the film versions of the story, his power supposedly equals, if not surpasses, Abe no Seimei. A scene from Cowboy Bebop (1998) Anime (アニメ) is a style of animation originating in Japan. ... Look up medium in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The shaman is an intellectual and spiritual figure who is regarded as possessing power and influence on other peoples in the tribe and performs several functions, primarily that of a healer ( medicine man). The shaman provides medical care, and serves other community needs during crisis times, via supernatural means (means... Yoh Asakura Yoh Asakura (麻倉 葉 Asakura Yō) is the main character in the anime and manga Shaman King. ... Hao Asakura (麻倉葉王 Asakura Hao, also written as ハオ Hao), known as Zeke Asakura in the English anime, is a fictional character in he anime and manga series Shaman King. ... English Shaman King logo Shaman King (シャーマンキング Shāman Kingu) is both an anime series and a manga series by Hiroyuki Takei. ... X/1999, an early work of the hit all female manga-ka group CLAMP, details the apocalypse in a very literal adaptation of the Book of Revelation. ... The first volume of Tokyo Babylon as released by TokyoPop. ... Abe no Seimei (安倍 晴明 921?-1005?) was a leading specialist of onmyodo during the middle of Heian Period. ... Teito Monogatari is a massive Japanese epic written by Hiroshi Aramata in 1971. ... Hiroshi Aramata is a popular author and screenplay writer in Japan. ... Yasunori Kato as represented in the four-part anime series Doomed Megalopolis Yasunori Kato is the villain of the Japanese literary epic Teito Monogatari (Hiroshi Aramata). ... View of Tokyos Shibuya district Long a symbol of Tokyo, the Nijubashi Bridge at the Kokyo Imperial Palace. ... Abe no Seimei (安倍 晴明 921?-1005?) was a leading specialist of onmyodo during the middle of Heian Period. ...


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Onmyodo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (649 words)
Until the middle of 19th century when Onmyodo was prohibited as superstition, it was under control of the imperial government, and then later its courtiers Tsuchimikado family.
In the Heian period, Onmyodo told peers how their life should be organized and protected from misfortunes and malicious spirits.
Onmyodo spread out from the court to commoners, merged with other beliefs and occultism, developed itself from the Chinese imported thoughts to a syncretism found only in Japan.
Abe no Seimei - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (775 words)
Abe no Seimei (安倍 晴明 921?-1005?) was a leading specialist of onmyodo during the middle of Heian Period.
According to plot of Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis, Kato is supposed to really be a culmination of the dead, resentful souls of the onmyoji striking out against the foreign renovation invading Japan during the 1920s.
Since Kato possesses so much power in the magic of onmyodo, it could even be inferred that he is actually an incarnation of Abe no Seimei's dark side.
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