Chach'eongbi

Chach'eongbi - THE LOVE OF CHACHEONGBI AND MUNDORYEONG ( )...

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THE LOVE OF CHACH’EONGBI AND MUNDORYEONG ( ) source: 5000 ( translation by E. Henry Long long ago in the land of Chu-nyeon, there lived his Lordship Kim Jin-guk and his wife Cho Jin- guk. With plenty of money and land, the couple ate and lived well, but there was one thing lacking. Though now past the age of forty, they had no offspring. One day a monk from the Eunjung Pagoda in East Geinam came to Kim Jinguk’s house seeking donations for his pagoda. When the monk heard Kim Jinguk and his wife relate everything having to do with their failure to have children, he had this to say: “If you come to our pagoda and offer devout prayers, you will be able to get a son. You must dedicate a hundred sacks of white rice, a hundred taels of silver, and a hundred bales of silk to the Buddha.” “Having obtained a son, what will I not be able to do? I will go and make donations and offer devout prayers to the Buddha.” A few days later, Kim Jin-guk and his wife set out for East Geinam’s Eunjung Pagoda with a horse- pulled cart packed with a hundred sacks of white rice, a hundred taels of silver, and a hundred bales of silk. In mid-journey they met another monk. He was from the Mu-guang Pagoda in West Geinam. When he heard that Kim Jin-guk and his wife were going to East Geinam’s Eunjung Pagoda to make donations and offer devotions so as to obtain a son, he was aghast and raised his voice in protest: Your Lordship, why do you put aside a nearby pagoda and go in search of a distant one? The fact is that our own pagoda is more efficacious than that one. There have been more than just one or two people who have seen sons after making donations to our pagoda.” Kim Jin-guk and his wife both found this persuasive, so they followed the monk to the Mu-guang Pagoda in West Geinam and made their offerings and devotions there. Later on, the monk at the Eunjung Pagoda in East Geinam learned of the matter and became very angry. ‘So he put aside his decision to come to our pagoda and went to a different one? We’ll see about that! Oh Buddha, give the son that was to be bestowed on Kim Jin-guk’s wife to the maidservant who works in his house, and have Kim Jin-guk’s wife give birth to a daughter.’ The monk’s prayer came true. Kim Jin-guk’s wife and the maidservant Cheongseul conceived simultaneously and then each gave birth to a child at the same hour of the same day. Kim Jin-guk’s wife gave birth to a daughter, and the maidservant gave birth to a son. Kim Jin-guk and his wife were disappointed that they didn’t have a son, but were glad to have a pretty daughter. Because Kim Jin-guk had “volunteered” (“chach’eong”) to have a child, he gave the name “Chach’eongbi” (Lady Self-volunteered”) to his daughter. The maidservant Cheongseul was pleased too to have given birth to a son and gave him the name
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