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The Lord of Heaven Hwanin (환인; 桓因, a name which also appears in Indian Buddhist texts), had a son Hwanung who yearned to live on the earth among the people. Hwanin relented, and Hwanung descended to Mount Taebaek with 3,000 helpers, where he founded a city he named Sinsi (신시; 神市, "City of God" or "Holy City"). Along with his ministers of clouds, rain, and wind, he instituted laws and moral codes and taught the people various arts, medicine, and agriculture.
A tiger and a bear living in a cave prayed to Hwanung that they may become human. Upon hearing their prayers, Hwanung gave them 20 cloves of garlic and a bundle of mugwort, instructing them to eat only this sacred food and remain out of the sunlight for 100 days. The tiger shortly gave up and left the cave, but the bear remained and after 21 days was transformed into a woman.
The bear-woman (Ungnyeo, 웅녀, 熊女) was very grateful and made offerings to Hwanung. She lacked a husband, however, and soon became sad and prayed beneath a Sindansu (신단수; 神檀樹, "Divine Betula") tree to be blessed with a child. Hwanung, moved by her prayers, took her for his wife and soon she gave birth to a son, Dangun Wanggeom (단군 왕검; 檀君王儉).
But more so, I do not want to offend anyone, but have you ever noticed that the eyes of a bear are PARTICULARLY almond shaped? Just like most Korean, Japanese, & Chinese people? Just food for thought there.
Originally posted by dave420
reply to post by runetang
It's all unsubstantiated nonsense It's entertaining, as it's what people could come up with to describe the world they saw. They had no idea about geology, astrology, biology, chemistry, or even physics. They just knew what they could eat, what they couldn't, what would get them killed, etc. No wonder people came up with such rubbish. What is sickening is that people still believe this tripe thousands of years later, simply because it's what they heard first. Weird.