Su (수 首) means “head”, “chief”, “commander” and bu(부 婦) means “wife” or “mother of a child. Literal meaning of Subu (수부 首婦) is “The Woman Who Is the Head of Humans and Spirits.” Definition of Subu (수부 首婦) is “The Consort of God” who is also the successor of Sangjenim’s dao lineage and authority.

In consonance with the principle of equal yin and yang at the basis of Cheonji Gongsa, Sangjenim required a consort and successor to complete His work. Taemonim, the Mother of All Life, is referred to as Subunim in the sections that span the period between the ceremony for consecrating the Subu and Her ultimate enlightenment.

▍ A Female Successor: Taemonim

Before His ascension, Sangjenim undertook the selection of a successor who would receive His authority and continue the sowing of His great dao to ensure that it took firm root. Sangjenim established the following of His dao, and after seven years of conducting His work of renewal, He designated a female successor: Taemonim. Sangjenim called Her Subu (首婦), which signifies “the mother of all humans and spirits in heaven and earth,” “the mother who is the head of all,” and “the woman who is the consirt of God.”

Jeung San Do practitioners add the honorific nim to this title, calling Her Subunim. Most often, She is addressed by the title Taemonim (太母), meaning “Great Mother.”

-Jongdasanim’s words from introduction of English Dojeon-