Korea and The Heinsohn Horizon

Korea and The Heinsohn Horizon

The history of Korea during the first millennium provides many fascinating parallels with the mainstream historical narrative developed by Western academics.

Both narratives were constructed long after the event [based upon long lost sources] to further the political and religious agendas of the ruling elite.

Official Histories
There were three “waves” of historiography in pre-modern Korea.

The first wave was in the 12th century, the second in the 15th century and the third in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Korean Historical Resources
http://www.albany.edu/eas/205/korean%20historical%20resources.pdf

Samguk Sagi (History of the Three Kingdoms) is a historical record of the Three Kingdoms of Korea: Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla.

The Samguk Sagi is written in Hanja (the written language of the literati in traditional Korea) and its compilation was ordered by Goryeo’s King Injong (r. 1122-1146) and undertaken by the government official and historian Kim Busik and a team of junior scholars.

In taking on the task of compiling the Samguk Sagi (“compiling” is more accurate than “writing” because much of the history is taken from earlier historical records), Kim Busik was consciously modeling his actions on Chinese Imperial traditions, just as he modeled the history’s format after its Chinese forebears.

There were various motivating factors behind the compilation of the Samguk Sagi in the 12th century.

These may roughly be categorized as ideological and political.

The ideological factors are made manifest in the work’s preface, written by Kim Busik, where the historian states,

Of today’s scholars and high-ranking officials, there are those who are well-versed and can discuss in detail the Five Classics 五經 and the other philosophical treatises… as well as the histories of Qin and Han, but as to the events of our country, they are utterly ignorant from beginning to end. This is truly lamentable.

In this quote can be discerned two clear motives.

One was to fill the vast gap in knowledge concerning Korea’s Three Kingdom Era.

Though each of the three kingdoms of Goguryeo, Baekje, and Silla had produced their own histories, these were largely lost in the continual wars, the fall of Goguryeo and Baekje, and the dispersal of their records.

The other motive was to produce a history that would serve to educate native Korean literati in native history, and provide them with Korean exemplars of Confucian virtues.

This was especially important in mid-Goryeo as that dynasty became increasingly Confucianized. Lee 1984, p. 167

But there were other factors not so clearly discerned.

In Chinese tradition, the compilation of a dynastic history also served political ends.

The dynastic history was written by the succeeding dynasty and the very act of writing it served to illustrate that the succeeding dynasty had inherited the mandate to rule from its predecessor.

In this context, it should be remembered that the compilation of the Samguk Sagi was an officially sponsored undertaking, commissioned by the Goryeo king, with the members of its compilation staff approved by the central bureaucracy.

As stated earlier, one aspect of its purpose was to educate scholars and officials of the Confucianized bureaucracy in their native heritage, and native potential for attaining Confucian virtue.

However, the fact that “native heritage” is primarily interpreted by the Samguk Sagi to mean “Three Kingdoms heritage” brings us to the work’s ostensibly broader purpose, and that was to promote Three Kingdoms (in contrast to the competing neighbors like Buyeo, Mahan, and Gaya, which were absorbed into the Three Kingdoms) as the orthodox ruling kingdoms of Korea, and to thus solidify the legitimacy and prestige of the Goryeo state, as the Three Kingdoms’ rightful successor.

Samguk Sagi

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samguk_Sagi

Samgungnyusa, Samguk Yusa or Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms is a collection of legends, folktales and historical accounts relating to the Three Kingdoms of Korea (Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla), as well as to other periods and states before, during and after the Three Kingdoms period.

It is the earliest extant record of the Dangun legend, which records the founding of Gojoseon as the first Korean nation.

The text was written in Classical Chinese, which was used by literate Koreans at the time of its composition.

The earliest version of the text is believed to have been compiled in the 1280s, and the earliest extant publication of the text is from 1512 CE.

20th-century Korean scholars such as Choe Nam-seon established the Buddhist monk Iryeon (1206–1289) as the main compiler of the text, on the basis that his name (and full official title) was indicated in the fifth fascicle.

This view is widely accepted among modern scholars.

The compilation is believed to have been expanded by Iryeon’s disciple Muguk (1250-1322) and several others prior to the definitive 1512 recension.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samgungnyusa

Both narratives describe the decline and fall of a great culture.

Silla (57 BC – 935 AD) was one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea, and one of the world’s longest sustained dynasties.

It began as a chiefdom in the Samhan confederacies, once allied with China, but Silla eventually conquered the other two kingdoms, Baekje in 660 and Goguryeo in 668.

Silla

The oldest existing print done with wood-blocks is the Mugujeonggwang great Dharani sutra that is dated between AD 704 and 751.

It was found at Bulguksa, South Korea in 1966.

Its Buddhist text was printed on a 8 cm × 630 cm mulberry paper scroll in the early Korean Kingdom of Unified Silla.

Great Dharani Sutra of Immaculate and Pure Light

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodblock_printing

Decline and fall
The final century and a half of the Silla state was one of nearly constant upheaval and civil war as the king was reduced to little more than a figurehead and powerful aristocratic families rose to actual dominance outside the capital and royal court.

The tail end of this period, called the Later Three Kingdoms period, briefly saw the emergence of the kingdoms of Later Baekje and Later Goguryeo, which were really composed of military forces capitalizing on their respective region’s historic background, and Silla’s submission to the Goryeo dynasty.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silla

Gyeongsun of Silla (c. 897 – 13 May 978) (r. 927–935) was the 56th and final ruler of the Korean kingdom of Silla.

The kingdom was already in an extremely weakened state, so Gyeongsun reigned over a tiny remnant of the former Silla territory until finally abdicating in favour of Taejo of Goryeo in 935.

His abdication completed Taejo’s unification of Korea.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyeongsun_of_Silla

Both narratives don’t associate the decline and fall of their great cultures with natural cataclysmic events during the first millennium.

In the next place it is worth noticing that the history of Korea is particularly free from those great cataclysms such as result so often in the destruction of libraries and records.

We have no mention of any catastrophe to the Sil-la records and Sil-la merged into Koryu and Koryu into Cho-sun without the show of arms, and in each case the historical records were kept intact.

History of Korea – Homer Hulbert [editor of The Korea Review]
The Methodist Publishing House – Seoul – 1905
http://library.uoregon.edu/ec/e-asia/read/homerb-1.pdf

Wang-gon had a strong predilection for P’yung-yang, the ancient capital of the country.

He had already established a school there with professorships of literature, medicine and incantation.

He now in 932 conceived the project of moving his capital northward to that place

To this end he erected barracks there for his troops and was making other preparations for the change, when he was dissuaded from it by some evil omens.

A great wind blew down some of the houses in P’yung-yang and, so the story goes, a hen became a cock.

These portents made it impossible to carry out the plan.

History of Korea – Homer Hulbert [editor of The Korea Review]
The Methodist Publishing House – Seoul – 1905
http://library.uoregon.edu/ec/e-asia/read/homerb-1.pdf

However, there are two huge differences between Korean history and the historical narrative cobbled together by Western academics and the Machiavellian Monasteries.

Firstly, the Korean chronology is clearly delineated by the Heinsoln Horizon in the 930s.

Secondly, the Korean historical chronology perfectly reflects the first millennium story line told [in 1976] by Leona Libby’s Japanese Cedar Isotopic Tree Thermometer and the Irish Oaks δ14C chronology.

Korean History to 1900

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Korea

Japanese Cedar 1800 Year Isotopic Record.

irish-oaks-delta14c-chronology

https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/isotopic-tree-thermometers/

Working backwards through the mainstream historical narrative we arrive at the Heinsohn Horizon in the 930s where the mainstream narrative falls into The Academic Abyss and degenerates into fiction, fantasy and fabrication for a period of 700 [phantom] years.

Mainstream historians [and tributary catastrophists] clearly have their eyes wired shut and their index fingers firmly wedged into their ears as they chant: “I can’t hear you Heinsohn”.

https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/the-heinsohn-horizon-the-academic-abyss/

Hopefully, even the most obtuse Western academics [who are floundering in the depths of the Academic Abyss] can now begin to comprehend the Heinsoln Horizon in the 930s.

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4 Responses to Korea and The Heinsohn Horizon

  1. rishrac says:

    The Koreans have done some amazing things. On my list of things to see is the astronomical observatory built by the great queen Shendoek in Shilla. A lot of inventions that many people think we’re done by the Chinese were actually done by the Koreans.

  2. rishrac says:

    If you trust your memeory entirely, you can remember it incorrectly. In my far east studies, I thought goeyero conquered shilla. … and at some time in there the mongols conquered them. Oh well, .. I’ll have to reread . It doesn’t diminish the struggle or the tales between the different klans, states and people. It’s similar to the Greek city states.

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  4. rishrac says:

    I wonder if we are the only two people who know about the ancient Chinese almanac . It had a period of 22,000 days, about 60 years. Which some people allude to currently. It was a very interesting book. The parts of it that I got to see that is. ..

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