Fart Duel(放屁比赛)

Fart Duel

Headword

방귀시합 ( 放屁比赛 , Fart Duel )

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Korean Folk Literature > Folk tales > Folk tales

Writer NoYounggeun(盧暎根)

This tall tale narrates the story of two men with powerful farts who hold a duel flinging a wooden pestle back and forth with their gas.

Fartman of Gyeongsang Province visited Fartman of Jeolla Province to compete him, but no one was home except for his son. When Gyeongsang Fartman asked where his father was, the son answered that he was out in the field. Disappointed that he missed his competitor, Gyeongsang Fartman went into the kitchen to fart before he headed back, which sent the son flying into the chimney. As the son tried to crawl out, the man farted again, which pushed the son in and out of the chimney before he finally escaped. Jeolla Fartman returned as Gyeongsang Fartman entered the mountain path that led back home, and hearing from his son why he was covered in soot, he set out after Gyeongsang Fartman. When he found Gyeongsang Fartman in the mountain, he farted at him, which flung a wooden roller his way, and seeing the roller come flying, Gyeongsang Fartman farted back, flinging the roller back at Jeolla Fartman, who stood watching, thinking the roller would hit and kill his opponent, then farted back, sending the roller flying back. The roller kept flying back and forth, making the duel go on endlessly.

There are different variations of the tale featuring different character pairs, including a man from Seoul and a man from the country; a widow and a monk, the latter of which dies in the end, hit by the wooden pestle; a widower and a widow, who get married in the end; and a man and a woman, the latter of which triumphs. In some cases, the duel starts out in the form of offense-and-defense, then shifts to a a contest of who can can fling the pestle or roller further.

Flatulence, in the folk tradition, serves as a motif that incites laughter and is used in a wide range of droll tales. In this tale, it is applied in the form of a duel, functioning as more than a mere farcical device, and signifies the conflict between Jeolla and Gyeongsang provinces; between the capital and the country; between the north and the south; between man and woman. When the duel takes place between males, it goes on endlessly, while that between a male and a female ends in the female’s victory, which seems to be a cultural reflection of a society moving from matriarchy to patriarchy, or the conflicts between women and men, who are trying to strip women of their newly earned rights.

Fart Duel

Fart Duel
Headword

방귀시합 ( 放屁比赛 , Fart Duel )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Literature > Folk tales > Folk tales

Writer NoYounggeun(盧暎根)

This tall tale narrates the story of two men with powerful farts who hold a duel flinging a wooden pestle back and forth with their gas.

Fartman of Gyeongsang Province visited Fartman of Jeolla Province to compete him, but no one was home except for his son. When Gyeongsang Fartman asked where his father was, the son answered that he was out in the field. Disappointed that he missed his competitor, Gyeongsang Fartman went into the kitchen to fart before he headed back, which sent the son flying into the chimney. As the son tried to crawl out, the man farted again, which pushed the son in and out of the chimney before he finally escaped. Jeolla Fartman returned as Gyeongsang Fartman entered the mountain path that led back home, and hearing from his son why he was covered in soot, he set out after Gyeongsang Fartman. When he found Gyeongsang Fartman in the mountain, he farted at him, which flung a wooden roller his way, and seeing the roller come flying, Gyeongsang Fartman farted back, flinging the roller back at Jeolla Fartman, who stood watching, thinking the roller would hit and kill his opponent, then farted back, sending the roller flying back. The roller kept flying back and forth, making the duel go on endlessly.

There are different variations of the tale featuring different character pairs, including a man from Seoul and a man from the country; a widow and a monk, the latter of which dies in the end, hit by the wooden pestle; a widower and a widow, who get married in the end; and a man and a woman, the latter of which triumphs. In some cases, the duel starts out in the form of offense-and-defense, then shifts to a a contest of who can can fling the pestle or roller further.

Flatulence, in the folk tradition, serves as a motif that incites laughter and is used in a wide range of droll tales. In this tale, it is applied in the form of a duel, functioning as more than a mere farcical device, and signifies the conflict between Jeolla and Gyeongsang provinces; between the capital and the country; between the north and the south; between man and woman. When the duel takes place between males, it goes on endlessly, while that between a male and a female ends in the female’s victory, which seems to be a cultural reflection of a society moving from matriarchy to patriarchy, or the conflicts between women and men, who are trying to strip women of their newly earned rights.