The Mountain Made of a Divine Being, Climbing Mount Namsan
The Mountain Made of a Divine Being, Climbing
Mount Namsan was originally a male deity
One day, two deities visited the peaceful land of Gyeongju. One was a namsin(男神), a male divine being, with a dark red face and powerful bulging muscles. The other was a yeosin(女神), a female divine being, with an oval face, twinkling eyes, and a charming smile. As they surveyed beautiful Seorabeol (an ancient name for Gyeongju), the two deities cried out, "Yah! This is the land where we shall live!" Their exclamation was so loud, the fiedls of Gyeongju shook.
Startled at the noise, a girl washing clothes by a stream looked in astonishment toward the direction from which the sound had come. And what did she see but a man and a woman, as big as mountains, walking in her direction. Terrified, the girl shouted 'Look! Mountains!,' and then fainted. In her haste, instead of saying 'Look, giant people, as big as mountains!,' what she cried was 'Look! Mountains!' Startled themselves by the scream coming from the tiny creature near their feet, the two deities stopped right where they were. And, for some reason nobody knows, they were unable to move. The two deities were frozen in that spot and became mountains; and, as they had wished, they were able to live forever by the beautiful and fertile fields of Gyeongju. Legent has it that the male deity became Mount Namsan(南山), with its rugged and striking rock formations, while the female deity became Mount Mangsan(望山) rising to the west, characterized by its softness and warmth. (Source: Annals of the City of
Last Sunday, when the weather was exceptionally fine, I hiked up
Tres, resting on your Dad's back