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Goblin’s Hat

This tale narrates the story about dokkaebigamtu, or goblin’s hat, a magical device that made one’s body invisible when worn. There was a man who by chance acquired a hat with magical powers. Upon learning that wearing the hat made him invisible, the man went around the village stealing other people’s possessions. One day, a passer-by’s pipe left a burn in the hat and the man’s wife sewed a piece of red fabric to fill the hole, and the man resumed his stealing. Villagers began to notice that the

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Gold Ax, Silver Ax

The tale“ Geumdokkieundokki (Gold Ax, Silver Ax)” delivers the lesson that those who are honest and do not covet what belongs to others are rewarded in the end. The narrative originated from ancient Greece and was spread as part of Aesop’s fables. It was first introduced to Korea when it was included in the Korean language primer Sinjeongsimsangsohak in 1896. A Korean adaptation of the tale was included in school textbooks in Korea’s early modern times and has since spread as a traditional folk

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Goblin Fire

This tale narrates accounts of encountering dokkaebibul, or goblin fire, the phenomenon of glimmering light or tall blue flames, which can cause fainting. One evening, it was raining in the cemetary when a voice called a person’s name and when that person turned around, he saw a tall blue flame, which split into ten vertical flames, flashing up and down in a single column like lightning. Then the flames leaped out of the column one by one, six in all, which merged into one again. In another vers

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Lady Dohwa and Bachelor Bihyeong

This tale narrates the story of a king’s ghost that visited his unrequited love Dohwanyeo, which results in the birth of Bihyeongnang. The narrative takes place during the reign of Silla’s 25th king Jinjiwang, and is documented in Samgungyusa (Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms). The section on“ Gyeongju District” of Donggukyeojiseungnam (Augmented Survey of the Geography of the Eastern Kingdom) includes a record that“ In Silla, after the appearance of Bihyeong, the worship of Duduri spread wide

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