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Chach’ŏngbi Agriculture Goddess

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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 Chach'ŏngbi agriculture Goddess. When Chach'ŏngbi was preparing the seeds of the five kinds of grain, one of the five did not have seeds. It was buckwheat that was designed to grow together with other autumn plants, although its season was delayed in order to get the seed from King of Heaven. In this way, Mun and Chach'ŏngbi became the God and Goddess of agriculture who prepare the five kinds of grain, and Chŏngsunam became the God of stock-farming who provides herd boys to stock farms.

Keywords: Chŏngsunam; Chach'ongbi agriculture Goddess; earth; moon; shamanist myths; sun



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