This chapter discusses the contributions of “Allochthons”—people who could be aliens, immigrants, refugees, or prisoners of war and were familiar with continental practices. The various domains of continental knowledge were organized through elaborate discourses framed by yin-yang hermeneutics and pragmatics based upon the Yijing (Book of Change). As far as the record shows, yin-yang knowledge came over sporadically from Paekche to Yamato during the sixth century. Its transmission took place with the ceremonial presentations of books and men of learning—usually Buddhist monks from Paekche—to the great Yamato kings in 513 and 553. Eventually, portents started to be exploited for political purposes in the beginning of the seventh century by the Soga clan.
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