본문 바로가기
  • Home

Folktales and Newly Storytellings on Grandmother Seolmundae in Jeju Island

  • Journal of Korean Literature
  • 2009, (19), pp.229-254
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

정진희 1

1서울대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This research is a study of tales on Seolmundae Halmang(Granddmother Seolmundae) in Jeju Island. It aims to reveal the characteristics of newly storytellings of Seolmundae Halmang and to develope a better understanding of how 'oral' folktales are turned into 'non-oral' stories. Seolmundae Halmang is a heroine of the giantess folktales of Jeju. Nowadays, stories about her are made into not only oral tales but also non-oral things like as a theme park, an opera, and animations. In this study, I have called them newly storytellings of Seolmundae Halmang and examined the storytellings of Jeju Stone Park mainly. The first characteristics of newly storytellings about Seolmundae Halmang is that they have been made using oral folktales of not only Seolmundae Halmang but also 500 Generals which originated from Yeongsil, Mt. Halla. In newly storytellings, Seolmundae Halmang is the mother of 500 Generals', who sacrifices herself for her sons. Next, in the newly storytellings Seolmundae Halmang is characterized as goddess. She is the goddess of creation and the Holy one who is the mother of mountain gods'. Finally, the newly storytellings arrange episodes of folktale in lineable order. Seolmundae Halmang had created Jeju and become Mt. Halls's goddess. And she abdicated the position of mountain goddess in favour of her sons. The conclusion of this study is that the newly storytellings of Seolmundae Halmang are discourses on identity of Jeju. The narrative of Seolmundae Halmang has been made as the 'herstory' of Jeju, and she has been regarded as the icon of worth and vision which Jeju must look for better future.

Citation status

* References for papers published after 2022 are currently being built.