An Illustrated Guide to Korean Mythology by Choi Won-Oh

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By Choi Won-Oh

This hugely enticing quantity is by way of one in all Korea's prime students of comparative mythology. the 1st learn of its type in English offers a worthy creation to centuries-old ideals, myths and folks stories on the subject of Cosmology and Flood, beginning and Agriculture, Messengers of the Underworld, Shamans, illness, success, Love and family members, Gods of Village Shrines, and Heroes. Containing thirty conventional tales, the booklet is absolutely illustrated all through and features a big range of Korean artwork, together with infrequent shamanist work, in addition to the paintings of a few modern Korean artists. the entire tales, according to Korean oral culture, were retold via the writer in response to their major plot and which means as the unique texts' songs by way of shamans, containing many out of date phrases and vague idioms, aren't simply understood at the present time.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 identify and resource, together with textual content notes, are supplied on the finish of every tale. The author's advent units out the ancient historical past and value of the myths that seem right here. He additionally presents complete info 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 advisor 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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Asked Bride Myo(ngwo(l. ‘I can’t go and leave you behind’, replied Scholar Kungsan. ‘I will paint you a picture of me’, said Bride Myo(ngwo(l. And when Bride Myo(ngwo(l had painted the picture, Scholar Kungsan took it with him when he went to gather firewood. While he was gathering firewood, he hung it on a branch so he could cut some wood. But when he looked at the picture, a violent wind arose and the picture flew away, landing downriver at the house of Scholar Pae. ’ Scholar Pae filled a boat with gold ore and went to play chess with Scholar Kungsan.

Maitreya prayed to the heavens with one hand raised holding a silver tray and the other hand raised holding a gold tray. From the heavens, the heads of five bugs fell onto the silver tray and the heads of five bugs fell onto the gold tray. The five gold bugs grew into men and the five silver bugs grew into women. 6 Mankind enjoyed peaceful times eating one-so(m or one-mal of rice. But Sakyamuni (So(kga),7 who was descended from the sky, intended to steal Maitreya’s world. ‘This world is still mine, not yours’, said Maitreya.

If Mr Ch’ilso(ng comes to have his fortune told, do not say anything except that reading the Buddhist scriptures, performing a shamanist rite, or taking a drug is useless. Say that the illness is because the seven human beings came from the east, and I will be cured if I am fed the livers of the seven children’, said the stepmother. The fortune-teller heard this and replied, ‘I cannot fabricate such a fortune. ’ ‘We can share the slaves and the paddy fields. I will give you half my fortune’, the stepmother tempted him.

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