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Hallakkungi, The Flower Warden God In The Sŏch’Ŏn Flower Garden

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According to shamanist myths in the Korean mainland and Cheju Island, 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 Hallakkungi. When Hallakkungi escorted his mother to the Sŏchŏn Flower Garden, his father, the Flower Warden praised his son's good deeds, and said, 'Let us live here forever. I will be the Great King of the Sŏchŏn Flower Garden and you the Flower Warden. Let us then obtain the flowers of life, revival and long life and have all the spirits that perished before the age of fifteen ascend to this garden'. This is why childless couples and those wanting long life pray to the flowers of life and long life.

Keywords: childless couples; flower warden God; Hallakkungi; shamanist myths; Sochon flower garden



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