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Shoot For A Sun, Shoot For A Moon

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When Taebyŏlwang and Sobyŏlwang were born, Ch'ŏnji was the King of Heaven. At that time there were two suns and two moons in the sky. He said, 'You are my sons'. Then he asked how people's life was on earth. 'Because the earth has two suns and two moons, people burn to death during the daytime and freeze to death during the night', replied the two brothers. 'Is that so? I will give you two arrows and bows of a thousand-weight iron. Why don't you shoot down one sun and one moon?' ordered King Ch'ŏnji. Upon King Ch'ŏnji order, Taebyŏlwang and Sobyŏlwang shot down the trailing sun and the trailing moon. The sun fell into the East Sea and the moon fell into the West Sea. Since then only one sun rises in the East and only one moon sets in the West.

Keywords: Ch'ŏnji; earth; moon; Sobyŏlwang; sun; Taebyŏlwang



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