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Kunung, The Warrior God Of Preventing Misfortune

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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 Kunung, who became the warrior God of preventing misfortune. One day, the daughter of the Dragon King said, 'From today on, you will continue to live well as a wealthy man. But I am not human and so must return to the Dragon Palace. You are all still Kunung Gods, Warrior Gods, however, and should continue to receive offerings', and she came back to her home. In this way, General Wang and his sons became Warrior Gods who prevent misfortune.

Keywords: Dragon King; General Wang; Kunung; shamanist myths; warrior God



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