Dog Defeats Tiger

Dog Defeats Tiger

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Korean Folk Literature > Folk tales > Folk tales

Writer ChoSunyoung(曺善映)

This tale narrates the story of a tiny dog that defeats a mighty tiger.

A hungry tiger came down to the village in search of food, and found a scrawny little dog. The tiger pounced to catch the dog but it slipped into a dog hole, coming out the other end and barking aloud, as if it were daring the tiger to catch it. The tiger, feeling provoked, attacked it, but the dog again came out the opposite end and barked again. After going about like this over and over again, the tiger thought of a trick and while pretending to dash to the other end, it stayed on this end, with its jaws open, so the dog ran straight into the tiger’s mouth, but the dog kept going and going until it came out of the tiger’s rear end, killing the tiger.

In a variation of this tale, the dog is rubbed with oil until it is slippery, and after it is left to be eaten by the tiger, the dog slips through inside the tiger’s body and comes out the other end, to catch the tiger.

The dog in the tale is described as scrawny, a small and insignificant creature that in the end catches the huge and mighty tiger, the story signifying the triumph of the weak over the strong. The tale is a typical foolish-tiger-falling-for-his-own- trick narrative, offering the lesson that when the strong is too oppressive, it can be defeated by the weak.

Dog Defeats Tiger

Dog Defeats Tiger
Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Literature > Folk tales > Folk tales

Writer ChoSunyoung(曺善映)

This tale narrates the story of a tiny dog that defeats a mighty tiger.

A hungry tiger came down to the village in search of food, and found a scrawny little dog. The tiger pounced to catch the dog but it slipped into a dog hole, coming out the other end and barking aloud, as if it were daring the tiger to catch it. The tiger, feeling provoked, attacked it, but the dog again came out the opposite end and barked again. After going about like this over and over again, the tiger thought of a trick and while pretending to dash to the other end, it stayed on this end, with its jaws open, so the dog ran straight into the tiger’s mouth, but the dog kept going and going until it came out of the tiger’s rear end, killing the tiger.

In a variation of this tale, the dog is rubbed with oil until it is slippery, and after it is left to be eaten by the tiger, the dog slips through inside the tiger’s body and comes out the other end, to catch the tiger.

The dog in the tale is described as scrawny, a small and insignificant creature that in the end catches the huge and mighty tiger, the story signifying the triumph of the weak over the strong. The tale is a typical foolish-tiger-falling-for-his-own- trick narrative, offering the lesson that when the strong is too oppressive, it can be defeated by the weak.