By Choi Won-Oh
This hugely attractive quantity is through one in every of Korea's best students of comparative mythology. the 1st examine of its style in English presents a precious advent to centuries-old ideals, myths and folks stories on the subject of Cosmology and Flood, delivery and Agriculture, Messengers of the Underworld, Shamans, disorder, success, Love and relations, Gods of Village Shrines, and Heroes. Containing thirty conventional tales, the e-book is totally illustrated all through and encompasses 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, in response to Korean oral culture, were retold via the writer in line with their major plot and which means as the unique texts' songs via shamans, containing many out of date phrases and imprecise idioms, will not be simply understood at the present time.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 heritage and value of the myths that seem the following. He additionally presents 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 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 historical past, faith and Literature.
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After the boy came out they waited for the afterbirth but instead another boy came out. Again, they waited for the afterbirth and yet another baby came out. Again it was a son. In this way she continued to give birth to four, five, six, seven babies. ’ ‘Yes, she has’, said the maid. O 02 Part 01 KM:Master Testpages KM 10/12/07 13:53 Page 43 ORIGIN OF THE SEVEN STARS OF THE GREAT BEAR 43 Mr Ch’ilso(ng was joyous, so he hurried into the delivery room to record the birth year, month, day, and hour of birth with charcoal and paper.
Asked Maitreya. ‘I’m just a trifle that drinks dewdrops at night and basks in the sun by day. How can I know about it? If you want to know, why don’t you ask a mouse two or three years older than me? Maybe he will know’, replied the frog. Maitreya thought the frog’s suggestion was a good one, so he caught a mouse and hit its kneecap with a stick three times. ‘Say, mouse! ’ asked Maitreya. ’ replied the mouse. ‘I will permit you to be in charge of all rice chests in the world’, replied Maitreya.
But the old woman could not decide which one should marry her real daughter. Neither of the two boys wanted to get married to the adopted daughter. ’ The boy who had been saved by Mok Toryo(ng during the flood wanted very much to marry the real daughter. One day, he thought of a way to get her for his own. ‘Grandma’, he said, ‘Mok Toryo(ng has a strange power which none of the rest of us has. For example, you can pour an entire sack of millet onto a pile of sand and mix them together and he can have the millet and sand separated in no time.
An Illustrated Guide to Korean Mythology by Choi Won-Oh