Ma-i-san  Ok-su-sa
[Horse-Ears Mountain  Jade-Water Temple]
North Jeolla Province,  Spring 1999
LEFT: a new shot of Tap-sa
[Pagoda Temple] at the
base of
[Horse-Ears Mtn] in North
Jeolla Province, featured
on pages 167-169 of my
First Edition. The San-shin-
gak can barely be seen to
the right of the Main Hall.
ABOVE: Portrait of Korea's first
king Dan-gun; note the
leaf-mantles (two different
species!) on his shoulders and
waist.  Refer to pages 132-139
in my book.

BELOW:  a statue of a
San-shin-dosa (see pages 28-29)
in that same sextagonal shrine.
ABOVE: a painting of the Ma-i-san-shin giving a magical
sword to Yi Seong-gye, who used it to take over Korea and
become founder of the Joseon Dynasty as
Yi Taejo in 1392. Yi
is said to have prayed to this
San-shin in a cave there for 100
days, before he appeared.  A painting of Yi Taejo as himself
San-shin of Ma-i-san is on page 34 of my book; after
death he joined his "teacher" and took over the status.. He is
a common deity used in Korean Shamanism, but this is the
only mountain which he is regarded as the
San-shin of.  That
great icon is now stashed away by the abbot, for security.
One more time,
the amazing Tap-sa!
NEXT --->
(see also my book, pages 167-169)
The strangest looking
peaks in all Korea,
thrusting up like
mighty Earth-spirits,
out in a fairly flat
farming region.  Seen
here from the south
(left) and the north
(right) in 1999.  
Made of rough, pitted
volcanic stone.  Long
a sacred place; now a
Provincial Park.
RIGHT: Ok-su-sa
[Jade Water Temple]
further up the trail, right
between the two bizzare
peaks. The sextagonal
shrine up front is for
icons of two
Founder-Kings: Yi Taejo
& Dan-gun (photos