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The Grandmother Goddess Of Birth

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According to shamanist myths in the Korean mainland and Cheju Island, the creation God creates order out of chaos in natural phenomena and human affairs. He 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 birth Goddess. In the year when Myŏngjinguk's daughter turned seven, on the first day of the first month, at the time of the tiger, the King of Heaven issued an order that she should become 'the Birth Goddess (Samsŭnghalmang) who blesses humans with babies in this world'. The King of Heaven then spoke to the Birth Goddess, 'Go up to the Buddhist sanctuary in the Western Paradise and attach a wind bell with a fish clapper to the three-storey pavilion and live there'.

Keywords: birth goddess; Buddhist sanctuary; earth; moon; Myŏngjinguk; Samsŭnghalmang; shamanist myths; sky; sun



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