Korean Creation Myth

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Cheonjiwang Bonpuli From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Cheonjiwang Bonpuli (Hangul: 천지왕 본풀이, literally 'Chronicles of Cheonjiwang') is a Korean creation myth, traditionally retold by shamans in the small island ofJeju Island. It is one of the best-known Creation myths in the Korean peninsula, and many key elements in the Cheonjiwang Bonpuli can be found in the creation myths of the mainland.[1] Plot[edit] Unlike its title, the supreme deity Cheonjiwang (Hangul: 천지왕), whose name literally means 'King of the Heavens and the Earth', serves mainly as a secondary character. The protagonists of the myth are instead the two sons of Cheonjiwang, Daebyeol and Sobyeol. The myth starts with the creation of the world, when the sky and the…show more content…
Cheonjiwang put an iron ring on Sumyeong Jangja's head (For similar concepts, see Journey to the West), and Sumyeong Jangja experienced extreme pain, as if his head was exploding. Whatever he did, the iron ring did not get off Sumyeong Jangja's head. Finally, in despair, Sumyeong Jangja ordered a slave to ease his pain by decapitating him. The surprised Cheonjiwang murmured "Amazing." and took the iron ring off Sumyeong Jangja's head. He then continued on his way. Cheonjiwang did not return to the sky immediately, but spent the night in Baekju Halmeom (literally 'Grandmother Baekju')'s cottage. The bright-eared Cheonjiwang heard someone brushing her hair with a jade comb in the next room, and asked Baekju Halmeom who she was. Baekju Halmeom answered that it was her only daughter, Chongmyeong Agi. (Hangul: 총명아기, literally 'Wise Girl'). Chongmyeong Agi was fairer than the Seonnyeo, the heavenly fairies. Cheonjiwang asked both Chongmyeong Agi and Baekju Halmeom if he could have sexual intercourse with Chongmyeong Agi, and both decided to accept. Thus, that night, Chongmyeong Agi became Chongmyeong Buin (Hangul: 총명부인, literally 'Wise Wife'), as she had experienced love. Cheonjiwang stayed with his new wife for four days, then left. He gave Chongmyeong Buin two gourd seeds, and advised her to name their children Daebyeol (Hangul: 대별, literally 'Large Star') and Sobyeol (Hangul: 소별, literally 'Small Star').
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