Annotated Collection of Village Tales(村谈解颐)
Chondamhaei is a collection of droll tales compiled by Gang Hui-maeng (1424-1483) in early Joseon.
A full edition of this book does not currently remain and the exact number of tales contained in the book is unknown. Gang’s introduction mentions eight narratives, about the deception of the peony; the foolish servant’s trick; the mad servant playing matchmaker; mole’s wedding; the young monk who stole a persimmon; the cunning hare’s judgment; of Hongseon who had blind faith in the heavenly hat; and of Hyeneung who was infatuated with Yeonhwa. Among them, four stories are held in collection at the Korea University Library under the titles “Modantaljae (Peony Steals Wealth)” “Chinohoekcheop (Mad Servant Acquires Wife)” “Cheongbudokkwa (Poisonous Fruit in the Basket)” “Gyegyeongjuji (Hanging of Chief Monk).” Another edition of Chondamhaei, comprising ten tales, is included in Gogeumsochong (Assorted Collection of Ancient Humor), and it is viewed that the six narratives, other than the four aforementioned, are later additions. Among the ten, four are carnal tales or trick tales, with organized narrative structure and significant in length. Each are accompanied by a commentary at the end, reflecting the editor’s opinions and appreciations about the tale.