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Sushin: God of Water

Depending on the body of water, the name can change. Mushin is another name. Generally all are seen as having connections to dragons.


Sushin should not be confused with water ghosts, who create misfortune and are usually quite strong. Always verify with a mudang. Water ghosts can heavily impact people and are quite dangerous. Sushin themselves, not originally being human, can be extremely temperamental. It is best to keep your behavior respectful.


Sushin originated as a Guardian God of Korea. King Munmu of Silla Dynasty became the Dragon of Korea upon his passing, showing the ancestral connection between the royal lineage and Sushin. If you are someone drawn to the water, Sushin is a wonderful god found in all bodies of water. Even as a folk god (and as such accessible to all), home shrines would only be kept outside, and it was thought as much more fortuitous to visit the natural location of the water to worship Sushin.


If you'd like to get started building a connection to Sushin, give offerings of freshly cooked rice or grains & a cup of clear liquor to them outside if it's raining. You may also offer right by the door or window (preferably open) when it's raining. Once you're finished praying, revert the offerings or compost/dispose of it.


Stock image of waterfalls, Unsplash. Do you see the dragon?


Epithets:

  • One Who Brings Joy

  • One Who Is Tumultuous

  • One Who Crashes Upon the Earth

  • One Who Blesses Us With Grains

  • The Great Serene

  • The Originator of Life

  • The Great Protector

  • The One Who Waits

  • The One Who Holds All

  • One Who Brings Life

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