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General Paek, Lake Ch’ǒnji Protecting God On Mount Paekdu

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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 General Paek. General Paek faithfully drank the magic water for three months and ten days. The princess re-appeared and recommended that General Paek climb up to the summit of Mount Paekdu. While General Paek and the princess were enjoying their success, the black dragon appeared out of nowhere. Swinging his sword, General Paek fiercely fought the black dragon. It broke into two pieces and the tip of the fiery sword fell onto the northern cliff side of Mount Paekdu. After defeating the black dragon, General Paek and the princess built a crystal palace under Lake Ch'ŏnji to guard the lake and lived happily ever after.

Keywords: black dragon; crystal palace; General Paek; lake Ch'onji; Mount Paekdu



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