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Mythological interpretation of the type of <my wife who does not eat rice>

Lee Jooyoung 1

1고려대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper attempted to analyze myths about the type of "my wife who does not eat rice" which is handed down to Korea. The contents of this narrative, which is a total of seven versions, is simple. A man picks up his wife who eats a lot of rice and then gets a wife who does not eat rice. However, when the grain was getting smaller, he secretly saw his new wife and said that she was opening his head and putting more rice. The two noteworthy notions in this tale are a lot of eating and a little eating. It is characterized by the murder of wife, and the weirdness of eating rice as a head. The story was able to be discussed in comparison with the Hinuwelle type Myth in the part of checking the rice and the bean by opening the stomach of the murdered wife. The Hinuwelle type Myth faces up to the paradox of life that eating is premised on death. The weirdness of life by this paradox is that this type has two strange elements: the wife killed by husband and dissection of the body, the eating rice as a head. It was a direct analogy to the murdered and disintegrated grain god and reconstruction of the body for new farming. At the same time, the divinity that must die for the human life and the life force against the death were characterized as a little eating and a lot of eating Through this discussion, it can be confirmed that the Hinuwelle type Myth, which had not been confirmed on the Korean peninsula until now, is handed down as a modified form.

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