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The Korean Gods

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This chapter talks about the Korean gods such as Maitreya, Sakyamuni, Taebyolwang, Sobyolwang, Saengbulhalmang, three Chesok Gods, Tanggumaegi, three Chaetpugi Brothers, Namsaengi and Kobuki Brothers, Chach'ongbi, Ch'ilsong Goddesses, and Hwang Uyang. Maitreya and Sakyamuni only appear in a large-scale shamanistic rite. Between these two creating gods, Maitreya was the principal god for creation. Maitreya led the Creation of Heaven and Earth and the creation of humans. Saengbulhalmang is a goddess on Cheju Island. She is worshipped during Puldomaji (A Shamanist Rite for Inviting the Birth Goddess). She always holds flowers in her hands, predicts pregnancies, and helps the birth and raising of children. Hwang Uyang is a male God worshipped in the shamanist rite of Sŏngju. Considering the myth in which he appears, however, he is also a family god who takes care of the good and bad fortunes of the family.

Keywords: Ch'ilsŏng Goddesses; Chach'ŏngbi; Chesŏk Gods; Hallakkungi; Hwang Uyang; Saengbulhalmang; Sakyamuni; Sobyŏlwang; Taebyŏlwang



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