The Blue-Rooster Mtn & Temple:
Cheong-gye-san Cheong-gye-sa
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Cheong-gye-san is one of Seoul City's guardian mountains, protecting it from the far south-southwest.  Cheong-gye-sa
has stood on its western foot for a thousand years.  The San-shin and Deok-seong in it's San-shin-gak are done in
gold-lines-on-black, which was the motif used for the illustrations included in deluxe editions of Buddhist sutras all over
Northeast Asia, during the "Golden Age" of Buddhism.  Use of this style for the non-Buddhist San-shin certainly elevates
his status in the realm of Buddhist icons.
ABOVE LEFT: a collection of small Buddha and
child-monk statues placed by laymen on the rocks outside
the San-shin-gak -- perhaps an informal Deok-seong
shrine.    
ABOVE:  the giant stone-mosaic laying-down
Buddha (a rare motif in Korea) at the rear of
Cheong-gye-sa; my friend David Kenat standing up on it.  
LEFT: in the Chil-seong [Seven Stars] painting, a group of
six
donga [attendants] playing music or holding symbolic
things, like those that usually appear in San-shin icons.
In the old & magnificent "Assembly of
the Spirits" painting (see pages 113-117
of my book) of Cheong-gye-sa, the
San-shin (left, on the left) wears the
leaf-mantle which echoes
National-Founder-King Dan-gun and
China's cultural-patriarch Fu-xi (see
pages 132-8) -- this is very rare, it's
usually only a male dongja who wears
that.   This makes the connection
between San-shin and Dan-gun quite
explicit.   The Yong-wang (right photo)
or Dragon-King (see pgs 110-11) stands
in a unique and striking Dragon-face
helmet!
At the small, humble and obscure Baek-un-sa [White Clouds
Temple, a very common name in Korea], at Baek-un-san a
half-hour's drive doun south of Cheong-gye-san, is a fairly
normal but very nice antique San-shin painting (right) in a
San-shin-gak.   The tiger is as ridiculous as his master is
dignified!  The twin dongja-boys hold sacred fruit, while their
master holds a white leaf-fan.  In the Seven-stars-spirit painting
(above), the North-star spirit boasts an extrordinary head and
excellent dragon-head staff, while wearing a Taoist cloud-shawl,
while a boy-dongja offers holy peaches -- similar motifs to a
San-shin.