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A study on <Chasabonpulyi>: with a focus on Ganglim's journey to the other world and transformation of existence

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2012, (25), pp.5-36
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

KANGJINOK 1

1이화여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

<Chasabonpulyi> is the shaman myth that tells about movements of a death envoy, Ganglim to the other world. Ganglim's travel to the other world is a journey to an unfamiliar world as well as an exploration to his inner self. The character types that change along the path of the travel show his transformation as a death envoy and process of his self identification. As Ganglim travels the other world shows itself and the boundaries of different worlds become distinct. As special rituals are carried out at each boundary, entrance to the other world is gradually open. Ganlim's travel makes the other world into a known world and internalizes the space from the view point of this world. Ganglim's travel to the other world represents the human determination to cross the boundary set between this world and the other world in oder to communicate. The traveller Ganglim realizes the image of the unified world. The characters that transform during the journey represent the process of self-identification in the battle between the fear of death and aspiration for life. The epic of Ganglim is the story that tells how he identifies himself and transforms. It is the story of crossing the boundary of human world to become a god.

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