(2015 Mago Pilgrimage Essay) Neuk-do (Serpent Island) by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang

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Serpent Island from Samcheon Port, Photo by Helen Hwang Serpent Island from Samcheon Port, Photo by Helen Hwang

I wanted to go to Neuk-do because of the Mago story told in the region. Its name Neuk-do, which means the Serpent Island (구렁이섬), whispers a deep memory of the gynocentric past. However, people today seem to be least concerned about it. Our guides did not inform us of the meaning of the island’s name. I relished being surrounded by an air of mystery about the island during our visit.

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