Butcher’s Daughter Born With Good Fortune

Butcher’s Daughter Born With Good Fortune

Headword

복 타고난 백정의 딸 ( Butcher’s Daughter Born With Good Fortune )

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Korean Folk Literature > Folk tales > Folk tales

Writer KimDaesook(金大琡)

This tale emphasizes the belief that good fortune relies on individual fate and not social class, and can also be supplemented through marriage.

A long time ago, there lived in Seoul a state councillor who had a son as an only child. The councillor, who was gifted in physiognomy, could tell that his son was born with the fate of a beggar. So he travelled the country and found a lowly butcher’s daughter who was born with good fortune to be his daughter-in-law. After the councillor’s death, however, the son expelled his wife from his home. On the road, the wife met a young charcoal maker and discovered gold at his kiln, and the two became rich. The wife followed her father-in-law’s last words and held a banquet for beggars, where she reunited with her husband and returned to her marriage with her riches.

A variations of this tale narrates the story of a poor man from a family that had once belonged to the noble class, who went to the market leaving his pregnant wife at home, and on his way home, fell asleep on the road. In his dream, he overheard the goddess of childbirth Samsin say that his wife had given birth but because she did not offer hospitality to the goddess, his son had been given very little good fortune, while their butcher neighbor had treated the goddess very well and their daughter was given a great amount of good fortune. After his son grew up, the poor man married him to the butcher’s daughter.

The tale is based on the fatalistic view that one is destined to live according to one’s given fortune, while at the same time, it also shows through the process of realizing one’s good fortune through ordeals, that good fortune and bad fortune are two sides of the same coin.

Butcher’s Daughter Born With Good Fortune

Butcher’s Daughter Born With Good Fortune
Headword

복 타고난 백정의 딸 ( Butcher’s Daughter Born With Good Fortune )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Literature > Folk tales > Folk tales

Writer KimDaesook(金大琡)

This tale emphasizes the belief that good fortune relies on individual fate and not social class, and can also be supplemented through marriage.

A long time ago, there lived in Seoul a state councillor who had a son as an only child. The councillor, who was gifted in physiognomy, could tell that his son was born with the fate of a beggar. So he travelled the country and found a lowly butcher’s daughter who was born with good fortune to be his daughter-in-law. After the councillor’s death, however, the son expelled his wife from his home. On the road, the wife met a young charcoal maker and discovered gold at his kiln, and the two became rich. The wife followed her father-in-law’s last words and held a banquet for beggars, where she reunited with her husband and returned to her marriage with her riches.

A variations of this tale narrates the story of a poor man from a family that had once belonged to the noble class, who went to the market leaving his pregnant wife at home, and on his way home, fell asleep on the road. In his dream, he overheard the goddess of childbirth Samsin say that his wife had given birth but because she did not offer hospitality to the goddess, his son had been given very little good fortune, while their butcher neighbor had treated the goddess very well and their daughter was given a great amount of good fortune. After his son grew up, the poor man married him to the butcher’s daughter.

The tale is based on the fatalistic view that one is destined to live according to one’s given fortune, while at the same time, it also shows through the process of realizing one’s good fortune through ordeals, that good fortune and bad fortune are two sides of the same coin.