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Animal Tale

This category of folk tales feature personified animals as the main characters. The Korean tradition of animal tales goes back to [Dangun](/topic/Dangun, FounderofGojoseon) myth, chronicled in Samgungnyusa (Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms), which features a bear and a tiger as mythological animals, competing inside a cave to become human. Other early publications of Korean animal tales include “Tale of Rabbit and Tortoise” in the chapter on Kim Yu-sin in Samguksagi (History of the Three Kingdo

Korean Folk Literature

Good Son Who Slapped His Parents

This tale narrates the story of a son who corrects his habit of slapping his parents, which started as childhood play, and becomes a good son. A couple living in a remote mountainous region had a son late in life. They adored the boy so much that they found even his habit of slapping his parents as cute and playful. They encouraged him, the father suggesting he slap his mother, and the mother suggesting he slap his father. The son, thinking slapping his parents pleased them, continued to do so i

Korean Folk Literature

In-Laws Switch Cows

This tale narrates the story of two in-laws who get drunk and ride each other’s cows, which takes them to each other’s homes. A man took his cow to the market to buy an ox and his in-law took his ox to the market to buy a cow. Encountering each other at the market, they were delighted that they could simply trade their animals, and went to get a drink together. They both ended up extremely drunk and rode their traded cows back home. However, the two cows instinctively headed back to their respec

Korean Folk Literature

Chasing Away the Thief With a Story

This tale tells of a story whose contents by chance coincide with the actions of a thief, which scares him away. There lived in a remote village an elderly couple. One day the old wife felt bored and asked her husband to go buy her a story. As the husband set out with some hemp cloth to pay for the story, he met a man working in the field and asked the worker to sell him a story. The worker, unable to come up with one, saw a stork and described the bird “leaping to the ground” then “peeking here

Korean Folk Literature

Sack of Stories

“Iyagijumeoni” is a tale about a man who kept stories inside a sack without retelling them, and is attacked by the stories, which have turned into evil ghosts, but he is saved by his servant. There was a student in a village school who, each time he heard an old story, wrote them down and kept them stored in a sack, so that he would not forget them. He did not tell these stories, however, and soon the sack became filled with stories. The stories felt stifled inside the crowded sack and turned in

Korean Folk Literature

Three Lies

This tale narrates the story of an official who wanted and found a son-in-law who was a competent liar. There once was an official with a daughter who was turning into an old maid. The official sought a competent liar for his son-in-law and posted a bulletin that he would accept as his son-in-law a bachelor who could tell three lies in a row. Many men came to see the official, but none qualified, for the official would accept only two lies but after that, whatever the person said, the official d

Korean Folk Literature

Three-Legged Dog

The legend of “Samjokgu” narrates the story of a three-legged dog with supernatural powers. The nine-tailed fox Gumiho turned into a beautiful woman and became Daji, consort to King Zhou of ancient China. Having won the king’s affections, Daji asked the king to build her a house out of beads, and when the king asked who was capable of building a house out of beads, Daji answered that it was Grand Duke Jiang, the great strategist. Daji was frightened by Jiang and planned to kill him on the king’s

Korean Folk Literature

Little Boy Insam

“Dongjasam” is a tale of filial piety that narrates the story of a couple who sacrifice their young boy to cure one of their parents’ illness, to learn that the boy they sacrificed is sansam (wild ginseng). There was a husband and wife taking care of aging parents. The mother (or father) became ill with a disease that no medicine could cure. One day a monk passing through town told them that boiling their son and feeding the broth to the ailing mother would cure the illness. The husband and wife

Korean Folk Literature

Mole Wedding

This tale narrates the story of a mole searching for the world’s best groom for its daughter, who in the end gets a mole as its son-in-law. The narrative is documented in Sunoji (Fifteen- Day Record) by Hong Man-jong. In the oral tradition, the tale has been transmitted since ancient times across Asia, with various versions that feature other animals like rats, and the mountains as the higher being. A long time ago there lived a mole who had a beautiful daughter. He wanted the best groom in the

Korean Folk Literature
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