Embroidered Children's Book of Korean Samsin Mythology

  • Samshin Halmoni
    Samshin Halmoni is the goddess of childbirth from Korean mythology. In this version of the myth originating from Jeju Island, the malevolent Princess of the Dragon Palace of the East Sea is exiled by her father for mischief and is sent to the human world and takes on the role of the birth giver. However, her incapability at the job puts both children and mothers in danger. Soon, God assigns the kind Princess of the Kingdom of Myeongjin to take over and fix all the troubles. Upset that she lost her job, the Princess of the Dragon Palace of the East Sea challenges the Princess of the Kingdom of Myeongjin. The Princess of the Kingdom of Myeongjin proves herself to be more capable of the role, and becomes the Samshin of the human world. The Princess of the Dragon Palace of the East Sea is assigned the role of taking care of the souls of dead children as they cross to the other world. 

    The images used in this book are all derived from pages from the 19th century women's fashion magazine Peterson's magazine, to highlight a contrast of an Eastern mythical tale being told through Western images. 






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