The Sun Goddess Of Korea  

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THE FOLLOWING IS AN OLD KOREAN FOLKTALE ABOUT HOW THE SUN AND THE MOON IN THE HEAVENS CAME TO BE. A LITTLE LIGHT-HEARTED TALE FOR A SATURDAY MORN. HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY.

THERE WAS A TIME, A LONG, LONG TIME AGO, THAT ONLY THE STARS WERE IN THE HEAVENS. A WOMAN AND HER TWO CHILDREN--A BOY (DAE-SOON) AND A GIRL HAE-SOON), LIVED IN A SMALL HOUSE NEAR THE VILLAGE; HER HUSBAND IS DEAD. ONE DAY AS THE MOTHER IS RETURNING HOME WITH SOME RICE CAKES FOR HER CHILDREN, A HUNGRY TIGER APPROACHES AND TELLS HER HE IS HUNGRY, SO SHE GIVES HIM SOME RICE CAKES. HE FINISHES THOSE AND TELLS HER HE WANTS MORE. THE MOTHER TELLS THE TIGER THAT SHE HAS NO MORE, THAT HE HAS EATEN THE RICE CAKES INTENDED FOR HER CHILDREN.

NOW, THE TIGER IS VERY INTERESTED. "HOW MANY?" HE ASKS. THE MOTHER NOW REALIZES HER MISTAKE AND TRIES TO TAKE IT BACK BY TELLING HIM SHE MADE A MISTAKE, THAT SHE HAS NO CHILDREN, BUT IT IS TOO LATE. THE TIGER KILLS THE WOMAN AND GOES ON TO THE WOMAN'S HOUSE.

WHEN THE CHILDREN OPEN THE DOOR AND SEE THE TIGER, THEY ARE AFRAID; THEY RUN OUT THE BACK DOOR AND CLIMBED TO THE TOP A VERY TALL TREE. THEN, WHEN THE TIGER BEGAN TO CLIMB THE TREE, THE BROTHER AND SISTER PRAYED TO THE GODS TO SAVE THEM, AND THEIR PRAYERS WERE ANSWERED. AN IRON CHAIN DESCENDED FROM THE SKIES, AND THE TWO SIBLINGS CLIMBED UP SAFELY, LIVING HAPPILY IN THE LAND OF THE GODS AND, IN TIME, DAE-SOON WAS TRANSFORMED INTO THE MOON AND HAE-SOON INTO THE SUN.

WHEN HAE-SOON SET OUT ACROSS THE SKIES ON HER FIRST DAY OUT AS THE SUN, PEOPLE ON EARTH CAME OUT OF THEIR HOMES TO STARE AT HER. HAE-SOON WAS AN EXTREMELY SHY GIRL, AND SHE TURNED BRIGHT WITH EMBARRASSMENT WHEN SHE SAW THE PEOPLE LOOKING UP AT HER. THE MORE THEY STARED, THE BRIGHTER SHE BECAME, UNTIL FINALLY, SHE BECAME SO BRIGHT THAT THE PEOPLE WERE BLINDED BY HER RADIANCE AND COULD NO LONGER LOOK UP. THIS SUITED THE SHY HAE-SOON, AND SHE CONTINUED TO GLOW BRIGHTLY FROM THEN ON.

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