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

Aranbul

A minister in the service of Tan'gun. Occasionally known as Aranbul.

Bag

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Bi-Hyong

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Chong Yok

The Korean version of Yih-King. At times, called 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. Also identified 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. In some references, identified as Gin-sai.

Great White Mountain

The place where Hwanung landed. When he descended from heaven. In some references, identified 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. Also commonly identified as Habeg, Lord of the River or Lord of the River.

Hanullim

The supreme deity, ruler of heaven. Also known 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. Also commonly referred to as Hemosu.

ho-sig

The fate of being eaten by a tiger. In some references, called ho-sig.

Hong Do-Ryong

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Horang Gamte

Caps worn by goblins which make them invisible to humans. In some references, referred to 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. Also commonly identified as Hyobbu.

Im-Zong

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

Iryon

A 13th C. Buddhist monk, compiler of Samguk yusa. In some accounts, called Iryon, Ilyon or Ilyon.

Ko

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Kud

Evil personified. In some references, identified as Kud.

Kumwa

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kut

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mansin

A shaman. Occasionally identified as mansin, femalemudung or femalemudung.

Mari

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Mewol

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Miruk

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mudung

A female shaman. Sometimes referred to as mudung, malemansin or malemansin.

muga

Shaman songs. Some of these songs relate to early creation myths. Occasionally 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. Sometimes known as Palk.

Pu

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Pung-Beg

One of the 3 ministers who came. Down to earth with Hwanung. In some references, referred to 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. Occasionally known as Sacred City.

Samgut yusa

A 13th C. Book of mythology compiled. By Iryon. Also identified 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. On occassion, called 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. Sometimes identified as Ssu.

Sterculia tree

The tree of life: the tree supporting. The world. Occasionally called 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. Sometimes called tolharubang.

U-Sa

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

Um

The female principle. Also commonly referred to 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. Sometimes referred to 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. Sometimes 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. In some references, identified 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. Also commonly called Zoi.
Korean Mythology