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Tanggŭm-aegi And The Three Chesŏk Gods

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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 Tanggŭm-aegi and the Three Chesŏk Gods. When people heard that fortune would turn in their favour if they followed the teachings of Hyŏngbul, Chaebul and Sambul, and whatever they wished would come true, they thought, 'We don't have to go to temple. It will work if we enshrine the Three Buddhist Chesok in our homes'. From that time forward, Hyŏngbul, Chaebul and Sambul have been called the Buddhist Chesŏk Gods. According to Sŏ Taesŏk's explanation, the three brothers became Buddhist saints on Mount Kŭmgang, Manjusri on Mount T'aebaek, kolmaegi, and Tanggŭm-aegi became also the Life Goddess who blessed people with babies and gave properties or provisions to people.

Keywords: Chaebul; Hyŏngbul; Mount Kŭmgang; Mount T'aebaek; Sambul; Tanggŭm-aegi; Three Chesŏk Gods



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