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Cheju Island’s Divine Gods

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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 Cheju Island's divine Gods. Paramuni has two wives. After they returned to T'osan, the two wives lived with their husband and seven boys. One day, the three decided to become divine Gods of Cheju Island. The first and the second wife decided to become the God of Ilil Shrine, Paramuni and his seven sons decided to be Gods of each village shrine of Cheju Island. They governed the secular world.

Keywords: Cheju island's divine gods; Paramuni; secular world; shamanist myths; T'osan



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