By Choi Won-Oh
This hugely enticing quantity is through certainly one of Korea's top students of comparative mythology. the 1st examine of its type in English presents a worthy creation to centuries-old ideals, myths and people stories in terms of Cosmology and Flood, start and Agriculture, Messengers of the Underworld, Shamans, sickness, luck, Love and relatives, Gods of Village Shrines, and Heroes. Containing thirty conventional tales, the booklet is totally illustrated all through and includes a big range of Korean paintings, together with infrequent shamanist work, in addition to the paintings of a few modern Korean artists. the entire tales, in keeping with Korean oral culture, were retold via the writer in response to their major plot and that means as the unique texts' songs through shamans, containing many out of date phrases and vague idioms, usually are not simply understood at the present time.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 creation units out the old historical past and importance of the myths that seem the following. He additionally presents complete info of every of the Korean gods and their roles in mythology. whereas being a welcome boost 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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From the fifteenth day of that month, she showed signs of pregnancy, and after ten months, there were signs of labour. After praying with devotion to the Birth Grandmother for an easy labour, she gave birth to a boy as easily as a boat gliding over ice. 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.
She pretended to be sick again, giving a cry of pain towards Mr Ch’ilso(ng, ‘I became sick because the seven 02 Part 01 KM:Master Testpages KM 10/12/07 13:53 Page 47 ORIGIN OF THE SEVEN STARS OF THE GREAT BEAR 47 human beings came from the east. Nevertheless, you didn’t feed me their livers. Ouch! My head hurts me. Ouch! ’ Then Mr Ch’ilso(ng realized completely for the first time how wicked she was. ’ ‘Ah, Father, but she is still a mother. ’ the seven children implored. Then Mr Ch’ilso(ng ran and kicked the stepmother this way and that, and she became a viper, a frog and then a mole.
Nevertheless, you didn’t feed me their livers. Ouch! My head hurts me. Ouch! ’ Then Mr Ch’ilso(ng realized completely for the first time how wicked she was. ’ ‘Ah, Father, but she is still a mother. ’ the seven children implored. Then Mr Ch’ilso(ng ran and kicked the stepmother this way and that, and she became a viper, a frog and then a mole. ‘You have committed a great sin in Ch’o(nhagung, so how can you live to see the sun? Become a mole so that you can never see heaven’, Mr Ch’ilso(ng cursed her, and then said to his sons, ‘My seven sons, let us find your true mother.