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

Aranbul

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

Bag

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Bi-Hyong

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Chong Yok

The Korean version of Yih-King. 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. In some lore, occasionally 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 accounts, 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. On occassion, known as Habeg, Lord of the River or Lord of the River.

Hanullim

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

ho-sig

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

Hong Do-Ryong

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Horang Gamte

Caps worn by goblins which make them invisible to humans. At times, 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. Occasionally called Hyobbu.

Im-Zong

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

Iryon

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

Ko

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Kud

Evil personified. In some lore, occasionally referred to as Kud.

Kumwa

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kut

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mansin

A shaman. In some references, called mansin, femalemudung or femalemudung.

Mari

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Mewol

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Miruk

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mudung

A female shaman. On occassion, known as mudung, malemansin or malemansin.

muga

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

Pu

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Pung-Beg

One of the 3 ministers who came. Down to earth with Hwanung. At times, called 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. At times, called Sacred City.

Samgut yusa

A 13th C. Book of mythology compiled. By Iryon. Sometimes called 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, identified 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. Referred to as Ssu.

Sterculia tree

The tree of life: the tree supporting. The world. In some references, 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 known as tolharubang.

U-Sa

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

Um

The female principle. In some references, known 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. 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. Sometimes identified 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. In some references, 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. Sometimes known as Zoi.
Korean Mythology