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Kamŭnjang-agi, The Goddess Of Good Fortune

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This chapter narrates a myth about Kamŭnjang-agi, The Goddess of good fortune. A long time ago, Kangiyŏngsŏng lived in Upper Sangsil and Hongunsoch'ŏn lived in Lower Sangsil. While fending for themselves in this fashion, they met each other and were married. They managed to get along by working for daily wages. This myth has a different ending that is found in Ak'amatsu Chijo and Ak'iba Tak'ashi's book as follows: Kamŭnjang-agi told them everything that had transpired since she had last seen them, 'My sisters Injang-agi and Notjang-agi were punished for their wicked hearts. My eldest sister was reincarnated as a centipede and my second sister as a yongdal mushroom. It was because of me that you were able to enjoy wealth for a while, for I came into this world of humans in order to take charge of chŏnsaeng'.

Keywords: good fortune Goddess; Hongunsoch'ŏn; Kamŭnjang-agi; Kangiyŏngsŏng; shamanist myths



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