Author Archives: ronniyoon

Korean Dream Superstition

“When you have a dream about teeth falling out, that is a very bad omen that brings death.”   My informant first heard this superstition from her mother when she was ten years old, living in the city of Pusan in South Korea.  Her mother had a dream that one of her bottom teeth fell… Continue Reading »

Korean Wordplay

Me – It’s weird (or “Teeth will rot”). X – Then go to a dentist. My informant claims he had created this joke himself.  Nonetheless when he used it on others, they were not surprised saying they have heard the joke before.  Perhaps he did originally think of the joke but others also thought of… Continue Reading »

Korean Directional Superstition

My informant first heard this superstition from his mother when he was fourteen years old.  His father had passed away when he was thirteen, so in Korean tradition, the sons must prepare a shrine for the deceased father on the day the father died to commemorate his death.  It is a time of reflection and… Continue Reading »

Korean Superstition – Hair cutting

  My informant first heard this superstition from his father some time during the late fifties in his hometown, the rural city of Daegu in Korea.  When he took out nail clippers from his drawer one night, his father ordered him to put it back in the drawer.  His father warned him that it was… Continue Reading »

Korean Origin Myth

  My informant first learned this myth in his elementary school in Daegu, Korea.  His teacher taught his class how Korea became what it was that day.  She started with this particular myth that explains how the great predecessor was divinely created – directly from a heavenly spirit and a bear turned into a woman. … Continue Reading »