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A Benefit For All Sick Children

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According to shamanist myths in the Korean mainland and Cheju Island, the creation God creates order out of chaos in natural phenomena and human affairs. He separated the sky and the earth, split the sun and moon to create stars, made day and night, separated living spirits from ghosts and let them live in the present world and the other world, respectively. This chapter narrates a myth about benefits of all sick children. Kŏbuki and Namsaengi lived very well in Chosŏn until they were eighty-one years old. When they died, they became the Honsu Gods of the underworld and have been worshipped since then by shamans. People started to believe that the Honsu gods would help them if they prayed to the Gods that their sick children might be cured with a shamanist rite performed by a shaman.

Keywords: Chosŏn; Honsu Gods; Kŏbuki; Namsaengi; shaman; shamanist rite; sick children



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