Yeoni and Willow Bachelor

Yeoni and Willow Bachelor

Headword

연이와 버들도령 ( Yeoni and Willow Bachelor )

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Korean Folk Literature > Folk tales > Folk tales

Writer ParkYeonsook(朴蓮淑)

This stepmother tale narrates the story of a daughter who is sent out by her stepmother to pick herbs in the middle of winter but overcomes this ordeal with help from a bachelor possessing supernatural powers.

Yeoni is sent out by her stepmother to find mountain herbs in the coldest month of winter, and after wandering in the mountains, comes across a mysterious cave overflowing with lush trees and plants. There she meets Beodeuldoryeong (Willow Bachelor) who finds the herbs for her, who instructs her to recite the following spell to open the cave on her subsequent visits: “Bachelor Kim from Kimhae, Bachelor Nam from Namhae, open the gates.” And he also tells her about different types of reincarnation flowers (hwansaengkkot): sumsarikkot, which return breath to the dead; bbyeosarikkot, which brings bones back to life; and salsarikkot, which grows back flesh. The stepmother becomes suspicious and follows Yeoni to the cave, where the stepmother kills the bachelor, but Yeoni brings him back to life with a reincarnation flower and they wed.

Variations of this tale feature different types of mountain herbs, including chamnamul (barrenground willow), gosari (bracken) and lettuce, and the spells also vary according to region. In some versions, the stepmother is helped by a white dog, her dead mother, or a bird in finding the cave, and the reincarnation flower sometimes appears in the form of a medicine bottle. There is also a version in which the stepdaughter and the bachelor become brother and sister and ascend to the heavens.

The tale’s heroine continues to overcome any ordeal, however difficult, which some interprete as a reflection of the persistent strength of Korean women. The heroine’s overcoming of obstacles as she suffers the stepmother’s abuse and encounters the bachelor is viewed as the process of a woman’s incomplete sense of self growing into a singular mature character.

Yeoni and Willow Bachelor

Yeoni and Willow Bachelor
Headword

연이와 버들도령 ( Yeoni and Willow Bachelor )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Literature > Folk tales > Folk tales

Writer ParkYeonsook(朴蓮淑)

This stepmother tale narrates the story of a daughter who is sent out by her stepmother to pick herbs in the middle of winter but overcomes this ordeal with help from a bachelor possessing supernatural powers.

Yeoni is sent out by her stepmother to find mountain herbs in the coldest month of winter, and after wandering in the mountains, comes across a mysterious cave overflowing with lush trees and plants. There she meets Beodeuldoryeong (Willow Bachelor) who finds the herbs for her, who instructs her to recite the following spell to open the cave on her subsequent visits: “Bachelor Kim from Kimhae, Bachelor Nam from Namhae, open the gates.” And he also tells her about different types of reincarnation flowers (hwansaengkkot): sumsarikkot, which return breath to the dead; bbyeosarikkot, which brings bones back to life; and salsarikkot, which grows back flesh. The stepmother becomes suspicious and follows Yeoni to the cave, where the stepmother kills the bachelor, but Yeoni brings him back to life with a reincarnation flower and they wed.

Variations of this tale feature different types of mountain herbs, including chamnamul (barrenground willow), gosari (bracken) and lettuce, and the spells also vary according to region. In some versions, the stepmother is helped by a white dog, her dead mother, or a bird in finding the cave, and the reincarnation flower sometimes appears in the form of a medicine bottle. There is also a version in which the stepdaughter and the bachelor become brother and sister and ascend to the heavens.

The tale’s heroine continues to overcome any ordeal, however difficult, which some interprete as a reflection of the persistent strength of Korean women. The heroine’s overcoming of obstacles as she suffers the stepmother’s abuse and encounters the bachelor is viewed as the process of a woman’s incomplete sense of self growing into a singular mature character.