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New PDF release: An Illustrated Guide to Korean Mythology

By Choi Won-Oh

ISBN-10: 1905246609

ISBN-13: 9781905246601

This hugely enticing quantity is via considered one of Korea's major students of comparative mythology. the 1st examine of its variety in English presents a beneficial creation to centuries-old ideals, myths and people stories in relation to Cosmology and Flood, beginning and Agriculture, Messengers of the Underworld, Shamans, illness, success, Love and relations, Gods of Village Shrines, and Heroes. Containing thirty conventional tales, the publication is absolutely illustrated all through and includes 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 accordance with Korean oral culture, were retold by means of the writer in response to their major plot and which means as the unique texts' songs via shamans, containing many out of date phrases and imprecise idioms, usually are not simply understood this day. the unique identify and resource, together with textual content notes, are supplied on the finish of every tale. The author's creation units out the historic history and value of the myths that seem right here. 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 advisor to Korean Mythology" additionally presents a useful reference resource for students and researchers within the fields of East Asian Mythology and Anthropology, in addition to Korean background, faith and Literature.

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9 The Fire God. Date unknown. When they were instructed to give the horses water, they urinated on the horses’ feet. Then they cheated people that fed the horses water’, said Lady Ch’ongmaeng. ‘A disgusting fellow, he is unpardonable. Call and send General Lightning, Messenger Lightning, General Thunder and Messenger Thunder. Also call the Fire God5 and General Fire and send them, too’, ordered King Ch’o(nji. Upon King Ch’o(nji’s order, they blocked Sumyo(ng Changja’s entrance, cho(ngnang,6 and set fire to Sumyo(ng Changja’s house.

The following day he sat at the near end, while the food was served from the far end, and again they were short one serving table and he got nothing to eat. The next day he sat in the middle while the food was served from the left and right, and again they were one serving short, and he got nothing to eat. ‘This wretched fate of mine, what kind of fate is this? ’ sighed Scholar Kungsan. When Bride Myo(ngwo(l looked at the three-day banquet, she saw that one Fig. 15 The Sun God and the Moon Goddess (from mural paintings of Ohoebun Fifth Tomb of Koguryo().

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. ‘I can’t play, because I have nothing to put at stake’, said Scholar Kungsan. ‘If I lose, I will give you a shipload of gold ore.

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