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Samani Lived Three Thousand Years

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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 Samani, who lived three thousand years. When Samani was nearly thirty years old, the King of the Underworld ordered three messengers to bring Samani to him. While the King of the Underworld and the boy-judge went to earth for the rite for them, the messengers sneaked into the judge's room and searched for Samani in the book of life. 'What are you saying?' the boy-judge scolded them with a dubious look, then opened the book of life and said, 'I thought that Samani's life was thirty years. However, now I see one more line in the book, therefore Samani's life should be three thousand years.

Keywords: boy-judge; Korean mainland; Samani; shamanist myths

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