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Kangim Went Down To The Underworld To Capture The King Of Hades

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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, made day and night, separated living spirits from ghosts. This chapter narrates a myth about Kangim, who went down to the underworld to capture the King of Hades. The executioner was called and danced a sword dance. Kangim had a pillory put around his neck. Crying sorrowfully, Kangim asked the chief magistrate, 'Chief magistrate Chief magistrate Isn't there any way to save my life?' 'If you want to save your life, go to the Underworld and capture the King of Hades or give up your life in this world', said the chief magistrate. Terrified by the fear of death, Kangim pledged to go to the Underworld and capture the King of Hades.

Keywords: Chief magistrate; Kangim; King of Hades; shamanist myths; underworld



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