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

Aranbul

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

Bag

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Bi-Hyong

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Chong Yok

The Korean version of Yih-King. Sometimes identified 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. Referred to 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. Occasionally referred to as Gin-sai.

Great White Mountain

The place where Hwanung landed. When he descended from heaven. 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. At times, known as Habeg, Lord of the River or Lord of the River.

Hanullim

The supreme deity, ruler of heaven. In some references, 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. Sometimes referred to as Hemosu.

ho-sig

The fate of being eaten by a tiger. Known as ho-sig.

Hong Do-Ryong

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Horang Gamte

Caps worn by goblins which make them invisible to humans. Sometimes 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. In some accounts, identified as Hyobbu.

Im-Zong

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

Iryon

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

Ko

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Kud

Evil personified. Occasionally identified as Kud.

Kumwa

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kut

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mansin

A shaman. Also called mansin, femalemudung or femalemudung.

Mari

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Mewol

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Miruk

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mudung

A female shaman. Occasionally called 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. Also commonly identified as Palk.

Pu

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Pung-Beg

One of the 3 ministers who came. Down to earth with Hwanung. Also 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. In some lore, occasionally referred to as Sacred City.

Samgut yusa

A 13th C. Book of mythology compiled. By Iryon. At times, known 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 references, known 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. Also called Ssu.

Sterculia tree

The tree of life: the tree supporting. The world. Occasionally referred to 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. In some references, referred to as 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. In some references, 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. In some accounts, called 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. Sometimes called 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. At times, identified as Zoi.
Korean Mythology