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Ch’ilsŏng, Grain Protection Goddess

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This chapter presents a myth from the 28 shamanist myths from the Korean mainland and Cheju Island that comprise this book. The creation God separated the sky and the earth, split the sun and moon to create stars, and separated living spirits from ghosts. This chapter narrates a myth about Ch'ilsŏng, grain protection Goddess. The mother snake said to her seven babies, 'Now you need to select places where you want to go because we cannot depend on this village for food any longer'. The seventh daughter asked her mother, 'Mother, where do you plan to go now?' 'I will stay in the granary where there is a big jar, a small jar, a black jar, a yellow jar, a big rice bin and a small rice bin. In that place, I will become an indoor Ch'ilsŏng Goddess who protects all kinds of grains.

Keywords: Ch'ilsong; earth; grain protection Goddess; Korean mainland; moon; shamanist myths; sun



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