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

Aranbul

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

Bag

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Bi-Hyong

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Chong Yok

The Korean version of Yih-King. Also commonly 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. Also called 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 called Gin-sai.

Great White Mountain

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

Hanullim

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

ho-sig

The fate of being eaten by a tiger. Also called ho-sig.

Hong Do-Ryong

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Horang Gamte

Caps worn by goblins which make them invisible to humans. Also commonly identified 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 identified as Hyobbu.

Im-Zong

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

Iryon

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

Ko

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Kud

Evil personified. Sometimes referred to as 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. In some lore, occasionally referred to as mudung, malemansin or malemansin.

muga

Shaman songs. Some of these songs relate to early creation myths. On occassion, referred to 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. Identified as Palk.

Pu

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Pung-Beg

One of the 3 ministers who came. Down to earth with Hwanung. Occasionally known 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. Also commonly referred to as Sacred City.

Samgut yusa

A 13th C. Book of mythology compiled. By Iryon. On occassion, 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. 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. At times, identified as Ssu.

Sterculia tree

The tree of life: the tree supporting. The world. Sometimes 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. Sometimes known as tolharubang.

U-Sa

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

Um

The female principle. Sometimes 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. On occassion, 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. Referred to as 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. At times, known 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. Occasionally known as Zoi.
Korean Mythology