Goblin(多怪比)

Goblin

Headword

도깨비 ( 多怪比 , Dokkaebi )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Beliefs > Worship of Household Gods > Divinities

Writer HeoYongho(許龍鎬)

Dokkaebi is a spirit possessing extraordinary powers and skills, using them to enchant, tease, taunt, and sometimes offer help to humans.

It is believed that these spirits are formed from old discarded household tools like brooms, pokers, winnow baskets (ki), pestles and sieves, and objects stained with human blood, especially menstrual blood.

Dokkaebi usually makes its appearance in dark, humid, eerie corners, mostly at nighttime but also during the day when the weather is foggy with rain. These spirits enjoy playing tricks on people, daring men to wrestle all night long or appearing as a beautiful woman to seduce them. They like to sing and dance, and also chase after women. Foolishness is also a trait that dokkaebi possesses, as shown in the tale of one who borrows money from a human and repeatedly pays him back.

Dokkaebi has supernatural powers, capable of immense endeavors like filling a pond overnight to create land, offering a feast of all kinds of delicacies from the land and sea, bringing good harvest, big catch or great fortunes to humans.

The appearance of dokkaebi is rendered in a variety of ways, the most common being the roof tiles with dokkaebi patterns, their features including horns, bulging eyes, a big mouth, long, sharp teeth, a hairy body and long claws. Their appearances might vary by different time periods, but throughout history dokkaebi have always been viewed with fear and awe, as defenders against evil spirits, possessing versatile supernatural powers, and at the same time imperfect and contradictory. Rituals are held to bring out the best of these spirits so that they will use their powers in a manner that benefits humans.

Goblin

Goblin
Headword

도깨비 ( 多怪比 , Dokkaebi )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Beliefs > Worship of Household Gods > Divinities

Writer HeoYongho(許龍鎬)

Dokkaebi is a spirit possessing extraordinary powers and skills, using them to enchant, tease, taunt, and sometimes offer help to humans.

It is believed that these spirits are formed from old discarded household tools like brooms, pokers, winnow baskets (ki), pestles and sieves, and objects stained with human blood, especially menstrual blood.

Dokkaebi usually makes its appearance in dark, humid, eerie corners, mostly at nighttime but also during the day when the weather is foggy with rain. These spirits enjoy playing tricks on people, daring men to wrestle all night long or appearing as a beautiful woman to seduce them. They like to sing and dance, and also chase after women. Foolishness is also a trait that dokkaebi possesses, as shown in the tale of one who borrows money from a human and repeatedly pays him back.

Dokkaebi has supernatural powers, capable of immense endeavors like filling a pond overnight to create land, offering a feast of all kinds of delicacies from the land and sea, bringing good harvest, big catch or great fortunes to humans.

The appearance of dokkaebi is rendered in a variety of ways, the most common being the roof tiles with dokkaebi patterns, their features including horns, bulging eyes, a big mouth, long, sharp teeth, a hairy body and long claws. Their appearances might vary by different time periods, but throughout history dokkaebi have always been viewed with fear and awe, as defenders against evil spirits, possessing versatile supernatural powers, and at the same time imperfect and contradictory. Rituals are held to bring out the best of these spirits so that they will use their powers in a manner that benefits humans.