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The Great Flood

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According to shamanist myths in the Korean mainland and Cheju Island, the creation God separated the sky and the earth, split the sun and moon to create stars, made day and night and separated living spirits from ghosts. This chapter narrates a myth about the great flood. Tree God has a son, named Mok Toryŏng. Mok Toryŏng gazed hopelessly at the pile of millet and sand. What was he to do? It was not humanly possible to sort the millet from the sand. Suddenly, Mok Toryŏng felt something bite his heel. He looked down, and there he saw a large ant. 'What is troubling you, Mok Toryŏng?' the ant asked. 'I suppose you no longer remember me, but I am one of the ants you saved a long time ago in the flood.

Keywords: ants; earth; Mok Toryŏng; moon; shamanist myths; sun; tree God



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