By Choi Won-Oh
This hugely enticing quantity is by way of considered one of Korea's major students of comparative mythology. the 1st learn of its type in English offers a beneficial advent to centuries-old ideals, myths and people stories on the subject of Cosmology and Flood, delivery and Agriculture, Messengers of the Underworld, Shamans, ailment, success, Love and relations, Gods of Village Shrines, and Heroes. Containing thirty conventional tales, the booklet is absolutely illustrated all through and encompasses a good selection of Korean paintings, together with infrequent shamanist work, in addition to the paintings of a few modern Korean artists. all of the tales, in response to Korean oral culture, were retold by way of the writer in line with their major plot and which means as the unique texts' songs by way of shamans, containing many out of date phrases and vague idioms, aren't simply understood at the present time.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 creation units out the old historical past 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 consultant 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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When he had gone, during these five days, Bride Myo(ngwo(l slaughtered a cow, cut thin strips of meat and dried them, and used these to pad Scholar Kungsan’s trousers and jacket. In his collar she put a spool of silk thread and a pack of needles. Then Scholar Pae came to take her away. He said to her, ‘Now we two will live together. ’ ‘Let’s do so, then’, replied Bride Myo(ngwo(l. So they took Scholar Kungsan along and left him on an island. Because he had nothing at all to eat he tore open his clothes, and found the beef jerky.
We will now return to the seven stars,’ said the seven children. ‘Go to the north, south, west and east’, said Mr Ch’ilso(ng. And so he sent them to the Great Bear in the north, to the seven stars in the south, to the seven stars in the west and to the seven stars in the east. 6 NOTES * Im So(kjae’s version and Kim T’aegon’s versions are very similar to each other. Here I translated Im’s version, but I modified three parts with Kim’s version. (1) The stepmother asked Mr Ch’ilso(ng for the seven children’s entrails in Im’s version, but livers in Kim’s version.
And he married Lady Myo(ngwo(l. 2 Thereafter, because his bride was so pretty, Scholar Kungsan could not bear to leave her and so couldn’t work for a living. ’ 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.