And I remember it saying 'science first imported from China'.As probably nobody knows,I'm a Shaman King(especially Asakura Hao fangirl x3).And I suddenly came to the realisation that Hao's 'onmyo' powers were indeed strangely close to alchemy.
First off,a little about the Onmyo science.It originated in China,and was later brought to Japan in the 6th century.Just like alchemy,it is a sort of 'science',yet very often full of myths,so basically seen as half magic half scientific,all the same for alchemy. AND the basis of the Onmyo rests on the links of the elements of nature,referring to the Gobosei Star,showing the 5 elements and their links to each other.Hao's techniques,just as other Onmyoji techniques,comported the 'Suikokuka' (Sui=water,ka=fire in this case)..Or 'fire that changes into water',OR the science changing fire into water,for water is stronger than fire.There is also the 'Kashodo',meaning 'fire creates cinders which becomes earth'.and the Doshogon,'earth creates metal'.This idea of disembling to re-create in a more efficient way,doesn't that ring a bell?
My onmyoji knowledge is rather weak,resting only on Shaman King and the explanatory notes at the end of Shaman King 16[in french-I give full credit to the translators for the explanations on Suikokuka,Kashodon,etc.] and on Abenobashi Maho Shotengai x3.
BUT...there was a 'resurection'[human transmutation] in both stories.Hao,being an onmyo living 1000 years before the ManKin story,had revived himself many times.For doing that,he had to 'conclude a pact with Enma-Oh,basically the big boss in the land of the dead'-This idea of pact could make us think of two things: Faust and his invocation of Mephistopheles...Or the 'Gates of Hell' and 'pact' in Hagaren.It was also said in Abenobashi that human resurrection was a spell nearing impossible (though was succeeded by the first onmyoji of the story)...Now,that's it,sorry if I bugged people who already knew this and sorry for making that crazily long^^;;.