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Dangun

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This chapter is about the birth of Dangun. In days of yore the lord Hwanin had a son called Hwanoong who yearned to live on the earth among the people of their assistance. Hwanin relented permission and granted him Samwi-Taebaek mountain, and three cheonbuin (heavenly seals). Hwanoong descended with three thousand followers and landed under a sindansu (God altar) tree, where he founded a city called Sinsi (City of God) and entitled himself King Hwanoong. A bear which wanted to become a human followed Hwanoong's directions so strictly that she transformed into a woman after no more than twenty-one days. The bear-woman lacked a husband, and prayed to be blessed with a husband. Hwanoong, moved by her prayers, took her for his wife and soon she gave birth to a son, Dangun. As the founder of Gojoseon (Ancient Korea), Emperor Dangun ascended the throne in 2333 BC.

Keywords: bear-woman; Dangun; Gojoseon; Hwanin; Hwanoong; Korea

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