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The Three Brothers Who Became Shamans To Save Their Mother

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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 where three brothers, Ch'ogongi, Igongi, and Shamgongi, delivered by Nogadanp'ungjajimyŏng became Shamans to save their mother. Their father taught them many ritual practices and asked them to be shamans instead of government officials. He assured them that they would be much happier being shamans than living in luxury as bureaucrats. The three brothers built a mansion for their mother, and devoted themselves to her. They selected Nŏsamae Nŏ-Toryŏng to keep the musical instruments, including the drum. Eventually, Nŏsamae Nŏ-Toryŏng became the God of all musical instruments used by shamans.

Keywords: Ch'ogongi; Igongi; Nŏsamae Nŏ-Toryŏng; Nogadanp'ungjajimyŏng; ritual practices; shamanist myths; Shamans; Shamgongi



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