This project has been initiated to build a database in regards to the myths in ancient literature of China, Korea, and Japan. This would help to comprehend the relationship in between those countries by providing an objective mode to draw a picture of intertwined aspects of those myths. We’ve constantly tried to depersonalize ourselves as possible in order to interpret the myths on a position beyond national borders. We considered it would be important not only for an objective way to interpret the myth of our own, but also for other two. We always placed top priority on the accurate investigation to literature during the implementation of tasks. It helped deriving what those myths stand for and how they intertwine each other with more objective manners, marginalizing our perspectives. Our efforts to make more objective data result to reveal the obvious meanings of those myths, without overestimating or the opposite. Researchers can figure out the exact degree of intertwined relationships in between those three myths. The accurate investigation we’ve implemented on literature will especially help it. Firstly notated units on this database are reference, volume number, chapter title, subtitle, headline, and the original article. Then another six units are followed titled : character, site-specifics, natural objects/labeling, conflicts, sacrifice/taboo, and reference documents. Each of latter six units is again divided into several subunits, offering more detailed information. We have discussed over again for deriving this structure, for more effective way to show what has been supposed to be. Additionally, we’ve tried to reflect the linguistic features of every each language during data drawing task for users to search more easily. For instance, Joomong, who is a hero in an ancient Korean myth, is marked on both [朱蒙] and [주몽]. Samdooyin in an ancient Chinese myth is marked on both [三頭人] and [삼두인]. On the other hand, Toyotamahime in aa ancient Japanese myth is marked on [豊玉姬] and [도요타마히메] The latter is not Korean manner of reading Chinese letters, but of Japanese phonetic representation. And we added sobriquet section because ancient gods generally have several names. The orthography and the structure we employed in our product distinctively reduce the ambiguity regarding with Japanese gods. Our product will contribute in both ways of academic and social. The academic contribution is by offering holistic intertwined structure and its features in between those myths of three countries of East Asia, and the latter contribution by offering culturally open eyes and resources for variation into cultural content. Futhermore, this database has an educational implication as a groundwork for the future information.

Expect Effect / Research Utilization

This project is, as written before, to offer an objective and holistic view of the intertwined aspects of the myths of China, Korea, and Japan, by building a database of those myths and drawing a culture map. We expect specific results of our product as below. 1) Academic contribution ○ Offering a holistic data regarding with the myth of China, Korea, and Japan Our product helps to easily grasp the whole picture of the myths of those three countries, and at the same time, the feature of each of them. This will provide a significant basement for future researches about myths of all myths of East Asia. Additionally, the index of mythological researches from China, Korea, and Japan, presented in our product, will help to correct the existed wrongs on nationalistic notion and to make an improvement. ○ Show features of the myths of East Asia You will be able to infer how the whole picture of East Asian myths was drawn from the information offered by our product. This will allow to understand that each of the myths was not generated from its own site-specific feature, but was generated based on general feature of East Asian territorial stereotype. For this reason, our product will probably offer a vision to notice the hybridity, which is essentially implied in the area of culture. ○ Trans-national & tran-disciplinary groundwork Our product allows researches to overcome their nationalistic perspectives. This implies that the only methodology to investigate the features of East Asian myths is in the combination beyond national borders or academic divisions. Our product will offer a basement of trans-methodological research in the future. 2) Social contribution ○ Offering the sense of sovereignty in cultural matter and open visuality to one’s own culture Our product reveals the features of ancient Korean myths in a clearer manner. This will offer the sense of sovereignty in cultural matter of our own, because ancient myths might be said as one of origins of culture. Furthermore, our product also provide open and balanced visuality to both researchers and people of three countries, by containing objective features of those myths. ○ Variation into cultural content A myth is a fancy story regarding with how the world or an ethnic group was originated, passed down generation to generation. For this reason, a myth inevitably reveals collective notions, tastes, and ideologies of a people who shares the story. In this sense, myths can be fascinating resources of cultural content. We think the result of our project will offer abundant resources, might be untilized on various creative ideas for cultural content, which contribute to both culturally and economically. ○ New era of the relationship between East Asian countries Researchers may realize that the old territorial / cultural disputes in between those three countries were due to their arbitrary perspectives. This will be able to afford a new era of the relationship in between East Asian countries, by providing informations about each country’s story was essentially intertwined to the other. 3) Educational contribution ○ Fostering the younger generation Our project constantly continues and so the younger generation in this division will be fostered based on the results we’ve made. ○ Data-Base 구축을 통한 대중의 관심 고취Enhancing public interest The result we’re going to build might help both researchers and general public. Publics are generally supposed to be at a position disadvantaged in accessing this kind of content. But our product will be opened to them so freely that they can overcome the disadvantaged and, even more, national borders of notions, tastes, ideologies, stereotype, and so forth throughout the holistic picture our product contains. This means our product will make induce public to imagine beyond national borders based on their own cultural bases rather than to overlook their owns.

Project Name : Basic Research Support for Foundational Human/Social Science Researches
Research Title : Building a Database and a Digital map in regards to the ancient myths of China, Korea, and Japan for a new relationship in between those countries beyond national borders [ KRM Task Information ]
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Research Institution : DANKOOK UNIVERSITY
Research Period : 3 Years (SEPTEMBER 01, 2014 - AUGUST 31, 2017)