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Brother Sister Pagoda

This legend narrates the story of Nammaetap (Brother Sister Pagoda), erected to commemorate a Buddhist monk and a maiden who became sworn siblings and pursued religious discipline until they died on the very same day. According to oral transmission, the protagonist of this legend is Monk Sangwon of late Silla. Sangwon was engaged in religious discipline in a tent put up near the current location of Nammaetap when he happened to meet a maiden, together with whom he practiced religious devotion an

Korean Folk Literature

Skeins of Thread

Siltarae, or skeins of thread, are used as sacrificial offerings to the gods in folk rituals. They reflect a prayer for longevity, or simply as a sacrifice, both in communal or household rituals. In the homes, the earthenware jar enshrining the house guardian deity (seongjudanji) is covered with mulberry paper, over which a skein of thread is placed. Thread bundles are wrapped on ridge beams with paper, and offered as sacrifices in home rituals for the village guardian deity Seonang or for Samsi

Korean Folk Beliefs

Rock of Fallen Flowers

This legend of Nakhwaam (Rock of Fallen Flowers) tells the story of concubines and court ladies during the reign of Baekje’s King Uija, who jumped off the rock when Silla-Tang allied forces conquered the Baekje capital. When Baekje’s capital Buyeo had fallen to Silla and Tang China’s allied forces, King Uija and his concubines and court ladies fled the fortress, reaching the rock Nakhwaam. The women threw themselves off the rock, saying, “We would rather take our own lives than die in the hands

Korean Folk Literature
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