To explore the origin of the travel story of the other world, ,
this study compared and analyzed , a song sung in Jeju’s shaman
ritual of moving of the dead and which shows the existence
type of the death angel. I could identify close relationships between them as
First. and shows a cause and effect relationship
with each other since shows the tasks and duties of the death
angel and tells about the history of his conducts.
Second, Both stories share similar epic structure, i. e. moving to the other
world- living in the other world- transformation of being. In , the
story goes as; the death angel coming ? the dead’s moving to the other world
? living in the other world ? being reborn in this world, and
tells about the travel to the other world of Ganglim as his job duty, his
experience of the other world(meeting the Great King Yama), his rebirth and
taking the job of death angel as a result of decision by the Great King Yama.
Third, Ganglim’s trace in coincides with that of a death
messenger and a dead man. Ganglim transforms from a dead man at the beginning of the journey to a death angel as he travels along the other world.
As a result, the death angel and Ganglim share the common story elements
It is thought that the story motif of moving to the other world and living
in it was naturally known to Jeju people as was received
by Jeju shamans and became a part of Buddhist ritual songs.
created a travel story of the other world and a new story of death angel
conducting his duties by accepting
and using its epic structure and by expanding and enriching the story of
. The close relationship between and
is more evident in that both are ritual songs about the moving the dead to
the other world in which existence of death angels stands out and the
characters, after-death-life and world view of are realized in
in various ways.