Honest Myth:Korean- The Dragon King’s Daughter

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By Zhang Wang 

So this weeks myth actually exist in many cultures, and is most likely more in Chinese Mythology then it is in Korean, but I included it as Korean because I found it while searching for Korean Mythology. Do not get me wrong though, it is found in Korean myths, it is just more prevalent in Chinese. So all the names are in Korean.

The Dragon Kings of the Four Seas are kings of underwater sea palaces that correspond with the four cardinal directions. During droughts and floods local gentry and government officials led the communities in different sacrifices and religious rites so as to appease the dragons. There are actually more than four, but these particular four are the highest status of Dragon Kings. In Chinese mythology, they are celebrated as deities of the sea like Mazu. But unlike her, they wreak havoc, and she is protective.

One particular year, the Dragon King of the East and the Dragon King of the West fought in a war between each other to gain power. The King of the East could see that he was losing, so he ordered his son, Choribdongi, to find Wang Janggun. Wang was a giant, son of Cheonhwang Jeseok a minor diety and Jiwang Jeseok a minor earth goddess. Choribdongi promised Wang all the treasures of the sea if he would come to the Dragon Palace. Yet, Wang refused for he had a terrible fear of the water. He then promised Wang the highest government position, but Wang refused once again. So then he promised Wang would marry the daughter of the Dragon King. Wang accepted, but Choribdongi had to promise to create a path in the water for him to enter.

In the Sea Palace, the Dragon King of the East told Wang that he planned to retreat tactically in battle, and the Dragon King of the West will leap in joy. At that moment, Wang would shoot the Dragon King of the West in the golden scale beneath his ear. The golden scale is so strong that even lightening could not break it, but the Giant pierced it easily. The West King died and his palace was destroyed.

The Dragon King of the East told Wang to choose anything in the palace, and Choribdongi whispered that the daughter was hidden in an old writing box. Everyday he would go out and log, and when he would return a meal would be ready for him. One day, he pretended to leave, but hid. When she came out, he proposed to her. Together they had three sons, Geon, Bin, and Sarang. One day she left he family and went home. Her husband became the God of War in China, and her three sons became the Gods of War in Korea, Japan, and the Middle East. They would decide who would win in battles.

Learn more here: www.blackdrago.com/history/dragonkings.htm

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So adorable!!!

So adorable!!!

Honest Myth:Korean- Koeulla, Puella, and Yangeulla

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Sorry it feels as if it has been a very a long time since I last posted a myth, and sadly this is going to be a very short one. It is 1:30 in the morning, I am very tired, and I have been up for 18 hours. I am writing this though, because I know I will not get another opportunity to do so later.

This is the myth of the settlement of Jeju Island. I have seen the names spelled differently before. For instance, I have seen Koeulla referred to as Ko Eulla, Go Eulla, and Goeulla. I have seen Pueulla as Boeulla, Bo Eulla, and Po Eulla. Yet, I will stick to the names in the tite because that was how I had first sen them.

So these three people were said to be demi-gods born from the ground of Jeju Island. They were believed to be sons of Halmang the Goddess of Jeju Island. They emerged from her ‘womb’ as grown men. They hunted from the land, eating only meat and dressing in the leather of what they caught.

One day, they find a chest floating in the ocean, and in it, they find a messenger. He tells them that the chest was sent by the King from Byeongnang or Pyeongyang (mainland) and some dispute Japan. The King sent them five grains (barly, soybean, rice, millet, and foxtail millet). He also sent his three daughters dressed in blue to marry the demi-gods. The demi-gods marry the women and each one becomes founder of a village/clan. Each clan claims that their demi-god was the eldest born.

Learn more here: www.jejuweekly.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=2836

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Ew O.o

Ew O.o

Honest Myth:Korean- Dokkaebi

Star_Trek_if_they_are_by_siruphialA quick update, I may be doing a lot more Korean mythology posts soon. I was not planning on ‘marathoning’ (can I make that a verb?) this, but if I end up doing a large amount of continuous Korean myths, I may make it into a more specific sort of category. Anyways, I have a second organic chemistry test coming up soon, and I know that the last study post ended up being one of the most viewed pages. I know lots of people need help with this class and some extra notes to look at may be beneficial. I plan on making a post on some of the concepts soon. Anyways, let us continue on to the mythology of today: Dokkaebi.

The Dokkaebi is a humorously ugly troll type creature. It begins as nothing more than an old inanimate object would ‘gain’ a spirit and transform into a grotesque and frightening goblin at night. They enjoy tricking ‘bad’ people and rewarding ‘good’ people (the terms good and bad are used in quotes because technically good and bad are social constructs, and so they are based on the cultural norms and acceptable behavior).

Most Dokkaebi are harmless, but there are a variety including: the dumb kind, mischievous kind, evil kind, ones that only come out at day, fighters, gluttonous kind, one eyed kind, and one legged wrestlers.

caleqThe Dokkaebi carry clubs that act like magical wands. They can summon objects, but each summoned item is stolen from somewhere else, because they can only summon things that are already in existence (Law of Thermodynamics exists even in mythology). They also have a cap which allows them to become invisible much like Saci Perere. Also like Saci, some Dokkaebi only have one leg, and like the Kappa, they love games and enjoy to wrestle. To defeat a Dokkaebi at wrestling, one should hook their leg.

These demon like creatures can be found anywhere there are few people like graveyards, woods, abounded homes, and roads. They are also connected to sounds like horse hooves, and can steal from the greedy to give to the worthy.

Once there were two brothers from a noble family. The older brother was gracious, but poor. The younger brother was rich and petty. The older brother gained land and asked his younger brother for some silkworms and grains. The younger brother agreed, but he boiled them so that none would live. If any made it, he would bite them in half. Yet, the poorer brother still found a way to prosper and the land thrived anyways. The heavens blessed him, and his plot swarmed with silkworms. One particular barley seed grew very large, and a large crow took the sprout. The poor brother chased after the bird, but gave up once he reached a rocky opening. There he found dokkaebi. He hid behind a rock and watched as they took out a golden club and summoned items for a party. Once they finished, the poorer brother stole the golden club in hopes that he could increase his crop yield. After some days, the younger brother became sick with a terrible stomachache, and out of love him, the poorer brother told him how to get a golden club. The rich brother grew the sprout and followed the large crow. When he found the Dokkaebi, they became enraged for they believed he was the brother that stole their golden club. So, they made him work for three days with out food. Once those three days had passed, the gave to him another club and sent him away, but he wass cursed and scorned by all that saw him. He could not get rid of the curse, and even his progeny had it. Anytime one of them used the club, lightening and thunder would begin, and the user would disappear.

Want to know more? Check this out: http://www.blog.korea.net/?p=6272

-Blog Barista

This weekend was supposed to a break, and yet this is how I was the entire time. My teachers all wanted yo make sure I stayed busy. :(

This weekend was supposed to a break.

Honest Myth:English- Franklin’s Tale

Hawei's_DorigenSo it is finally Saturday, and I get time to write a myth for everyone. Today’s myth was specially requested by TheBetterCup who liked this story. She is kind of a sucker for sweet love stories, but whether she admits to that is another story completely.

I feel like I should write a blog post about an anime or book soon, but I have no time to watch or read anything. I work a full time job as a chemistry tutor, I have to study for all my classes, and I started trying to train for long distance running. It feels like I don’t have time much for leisurely getting to watch new anime or even finish older ones. I was in the middle of Naruto Shippuden when I stopped watching. Oh well, maybe I will try and watch one tonight and create a post tomorrow.

Anyways, Franklin’s Tale revolves around two lovers who respect each other. Fun fact, a franklin is a medieval landowner.

So there are these two lovers, a man named Arveragus and a woman named Dorigen, who treat each other as equals even though it is considered socially wrong to have women equal to men. Arveragus goes to Britain to gain honor, leaving Dorigen alone at a coast in France.

While he is away, she is courted by many suitors, even though she does not want to be. A certain suitor named Aurelius is especially persistent, and to get rid of him she makes the promise that she would marry him if he disposed of all the rocks on the coast of the Brittany Province. He goes and finds a magician who studies arcane arts to use magic and dispose of all the rocks.

After completing the task, he confronts Dorigen and asks her to marry him. Her husband returns, and Dorigen tells him the situation. She promises to kill herself, like other legendary heroines, to protect her honor. He tells her calmly that she has to keep the promise to protect her honor. When Aurelius realizes that he was breaking them apart, he releases Dorigen from her promise. The magician, who witnesses the nobility of Aurelius, cancels the debt that Aurelius owes him.

The end.

To read more go here: http://www.machias.edu/faculty/necastro/chaucer/translation/ct/13frant.html

-Blog Barista

I should be studying right now....

I should be studying right now….