Korean Goblins

Korean goblins aren’t so bad, but humans often are in folklore, which happens a lot when you deconstruct mythology through the lens of implicit racism towards outsiders.

Most Korean legends have Dokkaebi in the stories. They are about Dokkaebi playing pranks on mortals or punishing them because of their evil deeds. One of them is about an old man who lived alone in a mountain when a Dokkaebi visited his house. With surprise, the kind old man gave the Dokkaebi an alcoholic beverage and they become friends. The Dokkaebi visited the old man often and they had long conversations together, but one day, the man took a walk by himself in the woods near the river and discovered that his reflection looked like the Dokkaebi. With fear, he realized that he was gradually becoming that creature. The man made a plan to prevent himself from becoming a Dokkaebi and invited the creature to his house. He asked, “What are you most afraid of?” and the Dokkaebi answered, “I’m afraid of blood. What are you afraid of?” The man pretended to be frightened and said, “I’m afraid of money. That’s why I live in the mountains by myself.” The next day, the old man killed a cow and poured its blood all over his house. The Dokkaebi, with shock and great anger, ran away and said, “I’ll be back with your greatest fear!” The next day, the Dokkaebi brought bags of money and threw it to the old man. After that, Dokkaebi never came back and the old man became the richest person in the town.

What is even the point? Don’t race mix? Why take advantage of your friend and abuse him instead of saying you don’t want to hang out anymore?

inb4 I don’t think there is a point, it’s like those stories about people tricking the devil.

Those are usually messed up stories too since they teach kids to break contracts or subvert justice like a Jew. Also, those folktales are hilarious since they turned the big bad devil into a sucker who can be tricked by normal people.

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