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Introduction: Understanding Korean Myths

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This introduction chapter of the book explains Korean myths according to the roles of the Gods. The perception of time and space is an essential component of philosophy. There are two types of typical flood myths in Korea: brother-sister intermarriage myth and A Son of the Tree God myth. The chapter briefly summarizes the story of the brother-sister intermarriage myth, and continues to explain its implications. The birth myth is closely related to women, since only women have the secret of reproduction. Tanggŭmaegi is not only being a birth goddess, but also a regional guardian Goddess or an earth goddess. Disease myths are about the Gods who give all kinds of disease to us. Family myths, which tell how these gods became associated with houses and families. Hero myths are about heroes, but the meaning of hero changes from time to time.

Keywords: birth myth; disease myths; family myths; flood myths; God; Korean myths; mythological philosophy; Tanggumaegi



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