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Song of the Origin of the Seven Stars

“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 t

Korean Folk Beliefs

Shrine for Village Guardian Deity

Bonhyangdang is the term used on Jeju Island for village shrines for worshipping Bonhyang, deities that protect the community. Bonhyangdang is a sacred place in the village, serving as the venue for regular ritual services that reaffirm a sense of community. Enshrined here are gods that oversee the welfare of the village and prayers on livelihood, childbirth and rearing, and healing diseases, collectively called bonhyang and include mountain gods and gods of childbirth and rearing. Some of the w

Korean Folk Beliefs

Shrine for Village Guardian Deity

Bonhyangdang is the term used on Jeju Island for village shrines for worshipping bonhyang, deities that protect the community. Bonhyangdang is a sacred place in the village, serving as the venue for regular ritual services that reaffirm a sense of community. Enshrined here are gods that oversee the welfare of the village and prayers on livelihood, childbirth and rearing, and healing diseases, collectively called bonhyang and include mountain gods and gods of childbirth and rearing. Some of the w

Korean Folk Beliefs

Shrine for General Choe Yeong

This is a shrine is dedicated to General Choe Yeong (1316-1388), a commander and loyal subject of late Goryeo (918-1392). General Choe Yeong was revered for military distinction including his defense of the kingdom against Japanese invasion. He was however defeated by mutiny leader Yi Seong-gye, who went on to found Joseon (1392-1910) and beheaded. Because he met a tragic death while trying to defend the declining Goryeo, Choe came to be deified and worshipped as a shamanic god. Shrines dedicate

Korean Folk Beliefs

Song of Heoungaegi

“Heoungaegibonpuri”is a shamanic myth from Jeju Island that narrates the story of how humans came to be prohibited from travelling between the human world and the underworld. The tale belongs to a special category of shamanic mythology from Jeju, bonpuri, which is transmitted only through the recitation of a few shamans and through written records. They are passed down independently without association with a specific deity, ritual or ritual segment, and thus are rarely performed as part of sham

Korean Folk Literature

Origin of Childbirth Goddess from Myeongjin Kingdom

The shamanic myth “Myeongjinguksaengbulhalmangbonpuri (Origin of Childbirth Goddess from Myeongjin Kingdom)” from Jeju Island narrates the deification of Saengbulhalmang (Granny Life), the goddess that oversees conception and birth. When the Princess of East Sea Dragon Palace is abandoned for being impious, she pleads to her mother for instructions for her survival, and she is given the responsibility of Saengbulwang, the goddess of conception, birth and childcare. The princess is locked inside

Korean Folk Literature

Jeju Jige Bal Geotgi

A game using two twigs with additional branches for making a jige to walk on the additional branches and use the twigs as crutches, and was played among children in Jeongui of Jeju Island. The same twigs used to make a jige (an A-framed carrier) were used for this game. The twig was called a jige bal (the foot of a jige), which had become the origin of the name, Jige Bal Geotgi. The game was played by children in the region formerly named Jeongui on Jeju Island. This game is inspired by the walk

Korean Folk Arts

Stationmaster O

The legend “Ochalbang” narrates the story of Stationmaster O Yeong-gwan, who was known as a mighty strongman in the village of Daejeong near Seogwipo, Jeju Island, during the reign of Joseon’s King Hyeonjong. When Stationmaster O’s mother was pregnant with her first child, the father fed her ten cows, but the baby turned out to be a girl. The next time his wife got pregnant, the father, worried that it would again be a daughter, he fed her only nine cows, and this time they had a son, who grew u

Korean Folk Literature

Sea God Shrine

Haesinsa is a shrine for praying to the god of the seas for a good harvest, big catch, peace in the village and safety for the boats. Sea god shrines stand on the three coasts of the Korean peninsula, which used to serve as venues for state-organized rituals each year in the second and eighth lunar months, with incense and prayer messages sent by the king: Donghaesinmyo (Shrine for the East Sea God) in Yangyang, Gangwon Province; Seohaesinsa (Shrine for the West Sea God) in Pungcheon, Hwanghae P

Korean Folk Beliefs
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