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Mythology Analysis through Association among Concepts - Taking as an example mythological concepts of discipline and salvation

  • Journal of Korean Literature
  • 2011, (23), pp.229-253
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Choi Won Oh 1

1광주교육대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The objective of this study was to suggest a method of interpreting myths by explaining universal mythological principles inherent in a number of Korean myths not through ‘confronting concepts’ but through ‘association among concepts.’ It was applied specifically using mythological concepts discipline and salvation as an example. Based on the results of this study, discipline and salvation in Korean shamanist myths were summarized as follows. Discipline Vertical space; passive; power and authority; moral discipline Salvation ① Vertical space; passive; power and authority; salvation of the original life (fundamental)Salvation ② Horizontal space; active; devotion; physical salvation (individual) As suggested in the analysis of these concepts, a mythological concept is reflected so insignificantly that it may be treated merely as a mytheme or even not as a mytheme, or is reflected extensively throughout a myth. Accordingly, the application of a concept, which is the sum of general knowledge on a specific phenomenon, has the advantage of comprehending all of the knowledge in interpretation. Furthermore, the application of conceptual mythology is considered useful in understanding the fact that mythological thinking regulates not only myths but also domains beyond myths, for example, our unconscious thoughts and behaviors.

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