Song of the Origin of the Seven Stars(七星本解)

Song of the Origin of the Seven Stars

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칠성본풀이 ( 七星本解 , Chilseongbonpuri )

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Korean Folk Beliefs > Shamanism > Shamanic Mythology

Writer KangJungsik(姜晶植)

“Chilseongbonpuri, ” or “Song of the Origin of the Seven Stars, ” is an epic narrative of the birth and the deification of Chilseongsin (Seven Stars), a snake god that oversees the fortunes of a family.

This shamanic epic is often recited in present times as part of formal rituals and rituals for the dead spirit of snakes (chilseongsaenam), observed on Jeju Island.

The plot begins with the birth of a daughter between State Official Jang Seol-ryong and his wife Song Seol-ryong who had been able to conceive by praying to Buddha at a temple. One day in the year the child turned seven, the couple left her home alone and she was impregnated by a monk. The couple put their daughter in a metal box and threw it into the sea, and she drifted on the water until she reached Jeju Island, where she tried to climb on shore but the village god (dangsin) appeared wherever she went, keeping her away. She finally reached the shore at Hamdeok Village, where she was discovered by divers and fishermen, who saw that the child and her babies had turned into snakes, and turned away, condemning them as dirty, ugly creatures.

In response to this, Chilseong brought them bad omen to make them worship the Seven Stars as ancestral god Josang, and upon worshipping Chilseong, the divers and fishermen acquired great riches. When the villagers found out, they all began to worship Chilseong, abandoning the shrine for the village guardian deity (bonhyangdang), which in turn caused Seomulhalmang, the guardian deity of Hamdeok, to persecute Chilseong. To seek shelter, Chilseong fled to Jeju Fortress, but at Gwandeok Pavilion visitors harassed them and they headed to Sanji Stream, where they met the daughter-in-law of the Song family from Chilseong Street and followed her home. The Song family began to worship Chilseong as their ancestral god and Chilseong made them very rich. Chilseong later scattered to different places, the youngest enshrined as the outdoor deity Batchilseong and the mother as the indoor deity Anchilseong, protecting the grains in the house to make the family rich, and Chilseong came to be worshipped around Jeju as a common god.

At the end of “Chilseongbonpuri, ” a simple ritual called binyeom is added to offer a prayer to Chilseong, asking for a good harvest, an overflowing grain jar, and riches.

Song of the Origin of the Seven Stars

Song of the Origin of the Seven Stars
Headword

칠성본풀이 ( 七星本解 , Chilseongbonpuri )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Beliefs > Shamanism > Shamanic Mythology

Writer KangJungsik(姜晶植)

“Chilseongbonpuri, ” or “Song of the Origin of the Seven Stars, ” is an epic narrative of the birth and the deification of Chilseongsin (Seven Stars), a snake god that oversees the fortunes of a family.

This shamanic epic is often recited in present times as part of formal rituals and rituals for the dead spirit of snakes (chilseongsaenam), observed on Jeju Island.

The plot begins with the birth of a daughter between State Official Jang Seol-ryong and his wife Song Seol-ryong who had been able to conceive by praying to Buddha at a temple. One day in the year the child turned seven, the couple left her home alone and she was impregnated by a monk. The couple put their daughter in a metal box and threw it into the sea, and she drifted on the water until she reached Jeju Island, where she tried to climb on shore but the village god (dangsin) appeared wherever she went, keeping her away. She finally reached the shore at Hamdeok Village, where she was discovered by divers and fishermen, who saw that the child and her babies had turned into snakes, and turned away, condemning them as dirty, ugly creatures.

In response to this, Chilseong brought them bad omen to make them worship the Seven Stars as ancestral god Josang, and upon worshipping Chilseong, the divers and fishermen acquired great riches. When the villagers found out, they all began to worship Chilseong, abandoning the shrine for the village guardian deity (bonhyangdang), which in turn caused Seomulhalmang, the guardian deity of Hamdeok, to persecute Chilseong. To seek shelter, Chilseong fled to Jeju Fortress, but at Gwandeok Pavilion visitors harassed them and they headed to Sanji Stream, where they met the daughter-in-law of the Song family from Chilseong Street and followed her home. The Song family began to worship Chilseong as their ancestral god and Chilseong made them very rich. Chilseong later scattered to different places, the youngest enshrined as the outdoor deity Batchilseong and the mother as the indoor deity Anchilseong, protecting the grains in the house to make the family rich, and Chilseong came to be worshipped around Jeju as a common god.

At the end of “Chilseongbonpuri, ” a simple ritual called binyeom is added to offer a prayer to Chilseong, asking for a good harvest, an overflowing grain jar, and riches.