Allegory of Chastity by Hans Memling, 15th C. Source
“Mago, the eponymous Goddess, is the head, ruler, and guardian of Mago-seong. She represents the eco-community of the Earth in the intergalactic universe.”
[Author’s Note: This and subsequent essays are part of the forthcoming book tentatively entitled, The Magoist Cosmogony from the Budoji (Epic of the Emblem City), Translation and Interpretation, Volume 1, that I am currently writing. I am indebted to Harriet Ann Ellenberger, who has given me her prompt feedback and editorial advice in a most supportive manner. I am thankful to Dr. Glenys Livingstone, who has inspired me to write this book sooner than later. I am also grateful for Rosemary Mattingley, who has provided copy-editing of my essays in Return to Mago Webzine.]
Chapter One (Translation)
Mago-seong was the grand castle located in the highest place on earth.
Revering the Heavenly Emblem (Cheon-bu),
it succeeded the Former Heaven (Seon-cheon).
There were four Heavenly Persons[i] at the four corners of the castle.
They built pillars and sounded music.[ii]
The eldest was named Hwang-gung (Yellow Gung),[iii]
the second Cheong-gung (Blue Gung),
the third Baek-so (White So),
and the last Heuk-so (Black So).
Mother of two Gungs was Gung-hui (Goddess Gung)[iv]
and mother of two Sos was So-hui (Goddess So).
Gung-hui and So-hui were the daughters of Mago.
Mago was born in Jim-se (My/Our/This World).[v]
Mago had no [human] emotion of pleasure and resentment.
Taking the Former Heaven male
and the Latter Heaven female,
Mago bore two Hui Goddesses without mate.
Like Mago, two Goddesses,
without mate but by the emotion [of the cosmic periods],
each bore two Heavenly Persons and two Heavenly Women.
They were four Heavenly Persons and four Heavenly
Goddesses in all.
[i] Here “in” in Cheon-in 天人 is transliterated as a gender-neutral term, “beings.” It means “a person” but often transliterated as “a man.”
[ii] The whole sentence can also be translated as “They made tubes and composed music.”
[iii] “Ssi” in Hwang-gung-ssi 黃穹氏 intimates both a leader by name of Hwang-gung and the clan led by Hwang-gung. Other terms of “Cheong-gung-ssi,” “Baek-so-ssi,” and “Heuk-so-ssi” are used in the same way.
[iv] Literally “hui” in Gung-hui 穹姬 and So-hui 巢姬 means a woman. Since it refers to Mago’s two daughters, I translated it “Goddess.”
[v] “Jim” in Jim-se 朕世 can be transliterated as “my,” “our,” or “this.”
Mago-seong (Mago Castle) was the grand castle located on the highest place on the Earth.
Mago-seong, located on the highest mountain, is the primordial home of Mago, the Primordial Goddess, and Her descendants, human ancestors. Mago-seong also refers to the Earth itself (see Chapter 2). Mago, the eponymous Goddess, is the head, ruler, and guardian of Mago-seong. She represents the eco-community of the Earth in the intergalactic universe. Mago-seong’s location on the highest mountain symbolizes Mago-seong’s supremacy as the prototype of a Magoist state that will follow the cosmogonic event. Mago-seong’s location also indicates its proximity to the extraterrestrial cosmos, in particular to the Sun, the direct cause of the auto-genesis of all things on Earth.
Rock of Mago Halmi, Mt. Baekbyeong, Gangwon Province, S. Korea
Mago-seong: Paradisiacal home of Mago and Her descendants, human ancestors. The axis mundi (world axis, center of the world) of the Magoist cosmogony.