Meet Dokkaebi – 4

A Dokkaebi Party  Not too long ago there was a small village deep in the country. Like most small villages of that time there was a village head who made sure everyone in the community was connected. If there was a party he made sure all the families knew about it. One moonless night, the... Continue Reading →

Meet Dokkaebi – 3

A Dokkaebi’s Idea of a Good Joke Near a small hamlet there lived a farmer and his family. During the off-season, the farmer would often visit his friends and stay out drinking late. One night, the farmer had one too many drinks but, fearing the consequences of not returning home at all that night, he... Continue Reading →

The 500 Disciples of Buddha

 Jihye and I visited the Buddhist temple Bomunsa on Seongmo Island. While the temple is famous for its grottos, the part I found the most fun happened to be the "Obaek Nahan" or "The 500 Disciples of Buddha". While I didn't count how many statues there actually were, there were many statues, each with its... Continue Reading →

A Quick Jaunt

Well, this week I had a few days off, so Jihye and I decided to take a ROAD TRIP! I'll do a bit more writing on that later, but for now, this is an apology for not updating the Dokkaebi stories. Have no fear, I have two more in the works, but you'll have to... Continue Reading →

Meet Dokkaebi – 2

The Dokkaebi’s Friend Once there was a penniless old man who lived far from town deep in the woods. One evening there was a knock at the door of his hovel and what should he find but a dokkaebi. The man was terrified of course, but, not forgetting his manners, invited the dokkaebi in for... Continue Reading →

Meet Dokkaebi – 1

The Dokkaebi and the Wen In the hills, just outside a small village, there lived an old wood cutter who had, upon his cheek, a growth called a wen. Everyday he would climb the hills and mountains collecting wood, and every evening he would come to town to sell it. One day he decided to... Continue Reading →

Meet Dokkaebi – 0

Dokkaebi are found in the folk tales from all around Korea. When I first started to read and find Dokkaebi stories, they seemed to be all of the same kind. Some people I talk to make claims that Dokkaebi are a certain way, but after meeting these creatures in folklore, I’ve found that there are... Continue Reading →

12.05.10. Consuetudinary

consuetudinary (kon-swi-TOOD-n-er-ee) adjective: Customary [From Latin consuetude (custom), from consuescere (to accustom), from con- (with) + suescere (to accustom). Earliest documented use: 1590.] Two street musicians playing on the north end of Insadong. Violins fiddled for indifferent pedestrians. Across the way a father and daughter sit on a concrete post and listen. A handfull of... Continue Reading →

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