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By Choi Won-Oh

This hugely enticing quantity is through certainly one of Korea's top students of comparative mythology. the 1st research of its sort in English offers a helpful creation to centuries-old ideals, myths and people stories in terms of Cosmology and Flood, delivery and Agriculture, Messengers of the Underworld, Shamans, illness, success, Love and kinfolk, Gods of Village Shrines, and Heroes. Containing thirty conventional tales, the ebook is absolutely illustrated all through and includes a wide array of Korean artwork, together with infrequent shamanist work, in addition to the paintings of a few modern Korean artists. all of the tales, according to Korean oral culture, were retold by means of the writer based on their major plot and which means as the unique texts' songs by way of shamans, containing many out of date phrases and vague idioms, aren't simply understood at the present time. the unique name and resource, together with textual content notes, are supplied on the finish of every tale. The author's creation units out the historic historical past and importance of the myths that seem the following. He additionally offers complete information of every of the Korean gods and their roles in mythology. whereas being a great addition to the literature on Korean tradition for the non-specialist, "An Illustrated consultant to Korean Mythology" additionally offers a useful reference resource for students and researchers within the fields of East Asian Mythology and Anthropology, in addition to Korean heritage, faith and Literature.

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Therefore, I added the reason from Kim’s version to Im’s version. (3) The seven children revived their dead mother with flowers, but there was no explanation about how they got the flowers in Im’s version. So I added the explanation in the same way as for (2). The Original Title: Ch’ilso(ngp’uri (Origin Myth of the Seven Stars of the Great Bear) The Source: Im So(kjae, Chulp’o Muak (The Shamanist Music of Chulp’o), Munhwajae Kwanliguk, 1970; Kim T’aegon, Hanguk Mugajip, 3 (Collection of Korean Shamanist Songs, vol.

When Mr Ch’ilso(ng did not return home even by the time the seven children had finished their studies for the day and eaten their dinner. ’ And they went here and there searching for their father. While they were searching, a mournful cry sounded. ‘Brothers, our father is crying. ’ When they found him, Mr Ch’ilso(ng was crying absentmindedly. ‘Father, let us hurry home’, said the seven children. As the seven children took Mr Ch’ilso(ng home, they asked, ‘Father, what of the divination? The seven children stopped and consoled their father, ‘Father, let us feed our livers to mother and save her.

Sakyamuni agreed to the contest. 8 Before the match started, Maitreya said, ‘If my bottle’s string breaks first, the world is yours. ’ Sakyamuni’s string broke first. But Sakyamuni demanded another contest. ‘Let the winner be the one who freezes the water of So(ngch’o(n River in summer’, said Maitreya. ’ Whereupon Maitreya performed ‘the winter solstice-rite,’ and Sakyamuni carried out the ‘onset of spring-rite’. Maitreya froze the river first, and Sakyamuni lost the contest. But again Sakyamuni demanded another contest.

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