Monster with Long Tail and Long Beak

Monster with Long Tail and Long Beak

Headword

꼬리 닷발 주둥이 닷발 괴물 ( Monster with Long Tail and Long Beak )

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Korean Folk Literature > Folk tales > Folk tales

Writer NoYounggeun(盧暎根)

The tale narrates the story of a son who seeks revenge on the monster with a long tail and beak that killed his parents.

A son returned home to find his parents dead. His neighbor told him that a monster, with a tail that was five bal long and beaks also five bal long killed them with its beak. The son set out after the monster. When he asked about the monster’s whereabouts in a village, the villagers demanded fifty jim of wood in return. When he asked again in the next village, the villagers demanded that he plow twenty majigi of rice fields in return. In the next village, the villagers demanded that he provide one week’s work as farmhand. When the son had completed all the work that was demanded of him, the villagers instructed him to pull the tallest sorghum straw in the field, which will lead to a cave. He entered the cave and arrived at the monster’s lair, where he hid in waiting, then when the monster returned, he stole from the monster’s meals to feed himself. The monster, trying to catch the thief that stole his food, steps inside his cauldron, and the son placed a large rock on the cauldron and lit the stove, killing the monster.

Variations of this narrative feature an anecdote of the son and the bird-like monster engaged in a conversation, or different methods of killing the monster, including pounding it with a pestle after luring it using fleas, mosquitoes, or bedbugs. The protagonist is sometimes a son, or a brother and sister, and sometimes it is the widowed mother who is killed by the monster.

This tale can be interpreted as a narrative of the empowered man dominating over forces of nature by using his wits to overcome clear differences in physical power and by using fire, the root element that brought about the human civilization. The protagonist’s journey in search of the monster follows a quest similar to those in “Divine Serpent Scholar (Gureongdeongdeongsinseonbi)” and “Abandoned Princess Bari (Barigongju), ” which is also partially adapted in the tale “Fox Sister (Yeounui), ” which features the monster, “a fox with a tail five bal long and mouth five bal long.”

Monster with Long Tail and Long Beak

Monster with Long Tail and Long Beak
Headword

꼬리 닷발 주둥이 닷발 괴물 ( Monster with Long Tail and Long Beak )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Literature > Folk tales > Folk tales

Writer NoYounggeun(盧暎根)

The tale narrates the story of a son who seeks revenge on the monster with a long tail and beak that killed his parents.

A son returned home to find his parents dead. His neighbor told him that a monster, with a tail that was five bal long and beaks also five bal long killed them with its beak. The son set out after the monster. When he asked about the monster’s whereabouts in a village, the villagers demanded fifty jim of wood in return. When he asked again in the next village, the villagers demanded that he plow twenty majigi of rice fields in return. In the next village, the villagers demanded that he provide one week’s work as farmhand. When the son had completed all the work that was demanded of him, the villagers instructed him to pull the tallest sorghum straw in the field, which will lead to a cave. He entered the cave and arrived at the monster’s lair, where he hid in waiting, then when the monster returned, he stole from the monster’s meals to feed himself. The monster, trying to catch the thief that stole his food, steps inside his cauldron, and the son placed a large rock on the cauldron and lit the stove, killing the monster.

Variations of this narrative feature an anecdote of the son and the bird-like monster engaged in a conversation, or different methods of killing the monster, including pounding it with a pestle after luring it using fleas, mosquitoes, or bedbugs. The protagonist is sometimes a son, or a brother and sister, and sometimes it is the widowed mother who is killed by the monster.

This tale can be interpreted as a narrative of the empowered man dominating over forces of nature by using his wits to overcome clear differences in physical power and by using fire, the root element that brought about the human civilization. The protagonist’s journey in search of the monster follows a quest similar to those in “Divine Serpent Scholar (Gureongdeongdeongsinseonbi)” and “Abandoned Princess Bari (Barigongju), ” which is also partially adapted in the tale “Fox Sister (Yeounui), ” which features the monster, “a fox with a tail five bal long and mouth five bal long.”