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Sir Paekju And Sir Kŭmsang, Witchcrafters

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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 where Paekju and Kŭmsang were witchcrafters. 'Who is this young lady?' asked Ch'ŏnja. 'My name is Paekju, Im Chŏngguk's daughter who was born in a grove of bamboo outside of Sŏdaemun, Mount Nam, Seoul. 'You deserve to settle with me. What are your accomplishments?' asked Ch'ŏnja. 'I went to the Dragon Palace of sea and learned seven kinds of witchcraft from seven uncles', replied Paekju.

Keywords: Ch'ŏnja; Dragon Palace of sea; Kŭmsang; Paekju; Sŏdaemun; witchcrafters



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