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Paridegi, Goddess Who Guides Dead Souls To The Underworld

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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 Paridegi, Goddess who guides dead souls to the Underworld. The Sakyamuni asked the seventh princess, 'Are you a human or a spirit? How could you come into this place that even flying birds and crawling insects cannot access? I am the king Ogu's son. I've lost my way. Would you guide me by your grace?' said Paridegi. 'I heard that the king has seven princesses, but never heard he has a prince. When you were abandoned at T'aeyangsŏch'on, I saved your life. By the way, you have come the three thousand miles through plain fields, but how can you travel another three thousand miles through rugged lands?' asked Sayamuni.

Keywords: Paridegi; Sakyamuni; shamanist myths; T'aeyangsŏch'on; Underworld



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