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Emille Bell

The legend of Emillejong narrates the story of the Divine Bell of King Seongdeok the Great, also called Emille Bell, completed in the sixth year of King Hyeogong’s reign (770) in Silla, and the sacrifice of a young child in its making, due to the mother’s slip of the tongue in response to a monk’s donation request. No official records remain of this incident, but the tale emerged in 19th-century records documented by Christian missionaries, and recordings of oral narratives date back to the Japa

Korean Folk Literature


This legend narrates the story of the origin of the crape myrtle tree—called baegilhong in Korean, meaning, “red for a hundred days”—an incarnation of the spirit of a maiden who died waiting for a man who set out to slay the monster serpent imugi. The narrative comprises motifs of human sacrifice, monster-slaying and maiden-rescue by a male hero, which are also found in “Tale of Geotaji, ” included in Samgungnyusa (Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms). A long time ago, in a seaside village, it was

Korean Folk Literature

Tree Bachelor and the Great Flood

This tale narrates the story of Mokdoryeong (Tree Bachelor), born between a fairy from the heavens and a tree, who becomes the progenitor of the human race. A long time ago, a fairy descended from the heavens and after experiencing a communion with the spirit of a tree (or a tree god) she gave birth to a son, whom she named Mokdoryeong (Tree Bachelor). The fairy returned to the heavens and soon after a heavy rain fell, flooding the entire universe. The father tree drifted on the water, carrying

Korean Folk Literature
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