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

Aranbul

A minister in the service of Tan'gun. On occassion, referred to as Aranbul.

Bag

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Bi-Hyong

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Chong Yok

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

Great White Mountain

The place where Hwanung landed. When he descended from heaven. Sometimes known 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. In some lore, occasionally identified as Habeg, Lord of the River or Lord of the River.

Hanullim

The supreme deity, ruler of heaven. Also called 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. On occassion, referred to as Hemosu.

ho-sig

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

Hong Do-Ryong

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Horang Gamte

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

Im-Zong

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

Iryon

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

Ko

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Kud

Evil personified. In some accounts, called Kud.

Kumwa

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kut

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mansin

A shaman. Also commonly referred to as mansin, femalemudung or femalemudung.

Mari

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Mewol

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Miruk

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mudung

A female shaman. At times, identified as mudung, malemansin or malemansin.

muga

Shaman songs. Some of these songs relate to early creation myths. Also known 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, identified as Palk.

Pu

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Pung-Beg

One of the 3 ministers who came. Down to earth with Hwanung. In some lore, occasionally 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. On occassion, called Sacred City.

Samgut yusa

A 13th C. Book of mythology compiled. By Iryon. Also 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. Also 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. Also identified as Ssu.

Sterculia tree

The tree of life: the tree supporting. The world. Occasionally 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 identified as tolharubang.

U-Sa

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

Um

The female principle. 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. On occassion, 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. In some references, known 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. Sometimes 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. At times, referred to as Zoi.
Korean Mythology