Blue Thread, Red Thread(青线红线)

Blue Thread, Red Thread

Headword

청실홍실 ( 青线红线 , Blue Thread, Red Thread )

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Korean Folk Literature > Folk tales > Folk tales

Writer ParkMyungsook(朴明淑)

This tale narrates the story of a man who witnesses an old man matchmaking men and women using blue and red threads and after learning of his own destined spouse, attempts to kill her to defy his fate, but in the end marries her.

A long time ago, an old bachelor was walking down the street when he noticed an elderly woman with silver hair tie two strings together and asked what she was doing, to hear that she was matchmaking. He asked who he was destined to marry and the woman answered that she was a young girl from a family on the other side of the mountain. Appalled, the bachelor tried to kill the young girl by throwing a rock at her and ran away. Many years later, the bachlor was appointed as a magistrate and found himself a wife. At the wedding, the bride’s forehead and cheeks were colored in red and that night when he asked about the coloring, the bride answred that she was trying to cover up a childhood wound she had from a rock that hit her. The groom realized that his bride was the little girl that he had hit with a rock, and realized that she was a match made in heaven.

It is believed that this tale originated from story of Yue Lao, or the Old Man Under the Moon, the Chinese deity that oversees marriage. In the Chinese version, the man rejects his match due to a difference in social status, but in the Korean version, in which the protagonist is an old bachelor, it is due to his impatience and lack of time that he rejects his match.

The tale reflects a fatalist view of life through the story of a man who tried to defy his fate by killing his destined match, an act that in the end brings them together. It also reflects the general notion that a match made in heaven brings not only a happy marriage but success and prosperity for generations to come.

Blue Thread, Red Thread

Blue Thread, Red Thread
Headword

청실홍실 ( 青线红线 , Blue Thread, Red Thread )

Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Literature > Folk tales > Folk tales

Writer ParkMyungsook(朴明淑)

This tale narrates the story of a man who witnesses an old man matchmaking men and women using blue and red threads and after learning of his own destined spouse, attempts to kill her to defy his fate, but in the end marries her.

A long time ago, an old bachelor was walking down the street when he noticed an elderly woman with silver hair tie two strings together and asked what she was doing, to hear that she was matchmaking. He asked who he was destined to marry and the woman answered that she was a young girl from a family on the other side of the mountain. Appalled, the bachelor tried to kill the young girl by throwing a rock at her and ran away. Many years later, the bachlor was appointed as a magistrate and found himself a wife. At the wedding, the bride’s forehead and cheeks were colored in red and that night when he asked about the coloring, the bride answred that she was trying to cover up a childhood wound she had from a rock that hit her. The groom realized that his bride was the little girl that he had hit with a rock, and realized that she was a match made in heaven.

It is believed that this tale originated from story of Yue Lao, or the Old Man Under the Moon, the Chinese deity that oversees marriage. In the Chinese version, the man rejects his match due to a difference in social status, but in the Korean version, in which the protagonist is an old bachelor, it is due to his impatience and lack of time that he rejects his match.

The tale reflects a fatalist view of life through the story of a man who tried to defy his fate by killing his destined match, an act that in the end brings them together. It also reflects the general notion that a match made in heaven brings not only a happy marriage but success and prosperity for generations to come.