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The House God And The House-Site Goddess

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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, made day and night, and separated living spirits from ghosts. This chapter narrates a myth where Hwang Uyang became the House God and his wife became the House-site Goddess. Hwang Uyang spoke comforting words to his wife, 'Now, we can't have any children. However, we can live in conjugal harmony. If we die, I will become a house God and you will become an earth Goddess. Let us roam about all over the country. When we arrive at a predestined family, let us build a house, give it wealth, rank, and fame, and prosperity for all time'. Thus Hwang Yang became the House God of every street and corner and his wife became the House-site Goddess.

Keywords: conjugal harmony; house God; house-site Goddess; Hwang Uyang; Korean mainland; shamanist myths



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