Usage Korean Mythology
Scripts 업신(Korean Hangul)
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Meaning & History
The name of the goddess of storage and wealth in traditional Korean religion, who traditionally takes the form of a snake or weasel and protects the home. Her name is derived from 業 (eop) meaning "profession, work, job" and 神 (sin) meaning "god, goddess, spirit". However, according to other theories her name is derived from the Mongolian word овоо (ovoo) referring to a kind of sacred shrine, or the Japanese 氏神 (ujigama), refering to protective gods, both of which may have been adopted into Korean as eop.