Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. But instead of coming back with vengeance while dressed in a white sobok, a traditional mourning outfit, virgin ghosts in dramas tend to show a more comical side as they roam around in search of true love. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. 14.8k Views. The Korean language contains many words that are based on onomatopoeia, which is the sound associated with an object or action. After attaining a worldwide following, Goblin opened a new world of fantasy series in South Korea, and winning over audiences from all over. The mermaid has a long history, with roots in Greecian mythology. This creature is said to be covered in white fur and looks like a tiger when on all fours. This dokkaebi was especially popular among the people living in the region near the Yellow Sea. We can see here how dokkaebi were, like gods, an object of worship. where the members had to collect 9 tails in order to “become a human” and win the week’s challenge. A goblin bat. Phone: 6514 0510, The opinions expressed by our users do not reflect the official position of TheSmartLocal.com or its staff. Korean Goblin Tale. by In this, Jong-dae shows relationships to Japanese folklore figures; this is interesting, as part of a conversation that occured this day between the informant, their friends, and myself pertained to Chinese linguistic and cultural influence over Asian countries and cultures, and how these “stories” may be related. Has a magical club (the weapon) and a magic hat as well. So instead of genie, goblin. starring Lee Seung-gi and Shin Min-ah, is one of the most popular, , an upcoming drama set to be aired in the later half of 2020, switches things up by having a male. Note that the mythology in Korea, Japan and China usually coincide with each other. RELATED: 15 Of The Best K-Dramas On Netflix Right Now. It is also interesting how they compared goblins to genies — this, perhaps, demonstrates a cognate relationship between the figures. They are not human-like tricksters but innocent and even forgetful. I love sharing my experiences in Korea with you guys, but let's face it... my eyes can only see so much. Haechi, also known as Haetae, is a mythical creature said to originate from China before making its way into Korea. I don’t know the exact story of it, but there was a guy, he was very good at singing, but he got a very big tumor on his face, and he was singing at the night, and suddenly out of nowhere, two goblins came, and they loved his singing, and they asked, “what’s the secret of your voice and the singing,” and he was so scared, but he noticed that they loved his singing, and he was very poor before that and then he just lied to them. But who are these creatures, you ask? was officially named as Seoul’s representative figure. People are wont to carelessly refer to Korean dokkaebi or Japanese dokkaebi, but they are clearly mistaken. Women are expected to fulfil certain responsibilities, such as child-bearing. This will definitely ring a bell for K-drama fans as it was the inspiration for the, Most people believe that mermaids are just products of fiction. Dokkaebis reward humans for their good morals and actions as well as punish those for their bad behaviors to reinforce morals in folktales. Done and done! We also attributed the role of disease-spreading ghosts to the dokkaebi and held cleansing rituals accordingly. Known as. ( Log Out /  Instead of a lamp, it’s a, like, bat. Such was its impact that even affected fashion trends and several parodies around the world. They only have one leg and likes to play the Ssireum. It explores the origins of folktales that have been passed down through generations and continue to affect our lives to this day. The very word dokkaebi is a compound of tot and abi: abi denotes an adult male and tot means fire or seed. Some say that the dokkaebi’s love of drinking and women show how they are projections of the desires of men during the Joseon age. The “Red Devils” the name of the official support group of the Korean Republic national soccer team. Hence, during the Joseon dynasty, many officials had this symbol embroidered onto their official gowns to represent a just, upright, and uncorrupt government. Such stories of the dokkaebi draw a marked contrast with their counterparts in fiction. I'm Mimsie. wasabiroots * Retention Period Dokkaebi (Korean: 도깨비) are legendary creatures from Korean mythology and folklore. For further relevant information, I read and recommend: Jong-dae, Kim. * Retention Period Photo. Grim Reaper is said to guide those who’ve departed the mortal realm to the afterlife, and this explains why people fear crossing paths with one. And perhaps because of this, Koreans instead came up with the idea of being possessed by dokkaebi, not ghosts. Here, they are describing a standard Korean tale that has been passed down; they will be identified as, : It’s like Korean version of genie. So instead of genie, goblin. Dokkaebi, in other words, are exclusively Korean monsters. Read on for a who's who guide to Korea's most famous ghosts, goblins, and monsters. Until cancellation of subscription It usually carries 2 special items with it. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Here, they are describing a standard Korean tale that has been passed down; they will be identified as M. M: It’s like Korean version of genie. An important distinction to make between dokkaebi and Chinese and Japanese monsters is that dokkaebi wish to live among people. In 2008, the haechi was officially named as Seoul’s representative figure.