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Origin Of The Seven Stars Of The Great Bear

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According to shamanist myths in the Korean mainland and Cheju Island, the creation God separated the sun and moon. This chapter narrates a myth about the origin of seven stars of the Great Bear. One evening, Mrs.Oknyo, wife of Ch'ilsŏng, had an auspicious dream. Seven stars fell at her feet and when she gathered them in her skirt to look at them, she woke up from the dream. One day Mr.Ch'ilsŏng summoned the seven children and asked, 'What are your wishes?' 'We regret that we could not live with both our father and mother. But now that we are together again, we have no more wishes. We will now return to the seven stars', said the children. And so he sent them to the Great Bear in the north, to the seven stars in the south, in the west and in the east.

Keywords: Ch'ilsŏng; Great Bear; Korean mainland; moon; seven stars; sun



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