Korean Lore, Gods, Demigods, Heroes, Symbols, and Other Famous Mythological Characters

Aranbul

A minister in the service of Tan'gun. Also called Aranbul.

Bag

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Bi-Hyong

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Chong Yok

The Korean version of Yih-King. On occassion, referred to as Chong Yok, Book of Changes, Book of Changes, I Ching, Zu-Yog or Zu-Yog.

Chopstick

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Chumong

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Deso

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Do-Son

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Do-Wha

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doggabi

A goblin. Occasionally known as doggabi.

Fire Dogs

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Gamag Nara

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Gang Gam-Czan

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Gil-Dal

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Gim

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Gim Dog-Nyong

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Gim Hyon

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Gin-sai

A fabulous bird. This bird is so evil that its mere shadow can poison food. Also identified as Gin-sai.

Great White Mountain

The place where Hwanung landed. When he descended from heaven. Also referred to as Great White Mountain.

Habeg

Lord of the River. Father of Yuhwa. When Yuhwa became pregnant by Hemosu, Habeg turned her out of the house. Occasionally called Habeg, Lord of the River or Lord of the River.

Hanullim

The supreme deity, ruler of heaven. Also identified as Hanullim, Chesok, Chesok, Ch'onje, Ch'onje, Hanamin, Hanamin, Hananim, Hananim, Hanumin, Hanumin, Hwanin or Hwanin.

Heavenly Iron Chain

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Hebura

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Hemosu

Father of Chumong. He pretended to be the son of a god and raped the maiden Yuhwa who produced an egg from which Chumong was born. Identified as Hemosu.

ho-sig

The fate of being eaten by a tiger. At times, identified as ho-sig.

Hong Do-Ryong

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Horang Gamte

Caps worn by goblins which make them invisible to humans. Sometimes known as Horang Gamte.

Hwanung

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Hyobbu

A friend of Clumong. When Clumong fled to escape death at the hand of Kumawa, Hyobbu and two other friends, Mari and Zoi, went with him. In some accounts, called Hyobbu.

Im-Zong

A nobleman who adopted the goblin. Gil-Dal as his son. At times, identified as Im-Zong.

Iryon

A 13th C. Buddhist monk, compiler of Samguk yusa. Occasionally known as Iryon, Ilyon or Ilyon.

Ko

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Kud

Evil personified. Also called Kud.

Kumwa

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kut

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mansin

A shaman. Occasionally called mansin, femalemudung or femalemudung.

Mari

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Mewol

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Miruk

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mudung

A female shaman. Also known as mudung, malemansin or malemansin.

muga

Shaman songs. Some of these songs relate to early creation myths. In some references, identified as muga.

Muggo

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Mugol

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Muhog

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Osong Buwon-Gunq

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Palk

An ancient sun-god. In some accounts, called Palk.

Pu

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Pung-Beg

One of the 3 ministers who came. Down to earth with Hwanung. Sometimes identified as Pung-Beg, Earl Wind or Earl Wind.

Rotten Straw Rope

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Sacred City

The site where Hwanung landed on Great White Mountain. Sometimes called Sacred City.

Samgut yusa

A 13th C. Book of mythology compiled. By Iryon. Also referred to as Samgut yusa.

Samyong-Dang

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San-shin

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sanshin gak

Shrines dedicated to the mountain-god, San-shin. In some accounts, referred to as sanshin gak.

Seven Stars of the North

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Sokka

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Son-Gon

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Sosan-Desa

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Ssu

A fabulous dog or the unicorn. Identified as Ssu.

Sterculia tree

The tree of life: the tree supporting. The world. Also known as Sterculia tree.

Tahgook

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Tangun

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Taro

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tolharubang

A statue of an ancestor venerated as a guardian of the village. On occassion, known as tolharubang.

U-Sa

One of the 3 ministers who came to earth with Hwanung. Also known as U-Sa, Chancellor Rain, Chancellor Rain or U-sa.

Um

The female principle. In some lore, occasionally identified as Um, Chinese Yin, Chinese Yin, In-Yo, Yo, Yum, Japanese Yo, Japanese Yo or Yin.

Un Sa

One of the 3 ministers who came to earth with Hwanung. Also commonly known as Un Sa, Chancellor Cloud, Chancellor Cloud or Un-sa.

Uriko

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Yang

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Yi

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Yi Sun-Sin

A 16th C. Admiral said to have invented a submarine. Occasionally called Yi Sun-Sin.

Yoni

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Yuhwa

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Zangze

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Zesa

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Zin-Pyong

A king. He adopted the boy, Bi-Hyong, and had a bridge built by the goblins who were controlled by the boy's magical powers. Referred to as Zin-Pyong.

Zin-Zi

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Zo-Han-Zun

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Zoi

A friend of Chumong. When Chumong fled to escape death at the hand of Kumwa, Zoi and two other friends, Hyobbu and Mari, went with him. In some accounts, referred to as Zoi.
Korean Mythology