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Sama Changja And His Scapegoat Horse

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This chapter narrates a myth about Sama Changja and his scapegoat horse. Sama Changja was having disturbing dreams, so he went to So Kangjŏl to have his fortune told. So Kangjŏ said, 'Your sinless horse has gone to die in your place, so imagine his resentment. If you observe the purifying rituals for the horse for five days, it will be reborn as a human. Sama Changja returned and for five days observed the purifying rituals for the horse. On the first night of the shamanic rites, the iron helmet fell from the horse's head; on the second day, the big pillory dropped from his neck; on the third day, the gold-threaded net fell off his body; and after the fourth, the fetters from his forelegs were released. On the fifth day, the shackles from his hind legs fell off, and the horse was reborn as a human.

Keywords: fetters; purifying rituals; Sama Changja; scapegoat horse; shackles; shamanic rites; So Kangjŏ



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