Monday, February 26, 2018

Asian Folktales

The current drama I'm watching is based on an old Chinese folktale, so the other day when I was at the library it dawned on me that I could probably find a version of this story and learn more.

And so I did.

And while I was at it I found a couple of Korean folktales too.

I love this crossover learning thing, where one thing leads to another that leads to another. Watching a drama that seems a bit silly in its presentation and then I learn that it's based on this very old story that is a bit... yes.. silly. And yet, I'm learning this old stuff in a very fun way. I love it. It will be interesting to see if I can find any similarities between the drama and story.

So anyway, I'll be reading and reviewing these books soon. I hope you enjoy going on my learning journey with me.

The drama I'm watching right now?

2017, Son Oh-Gong and Ma-Wang are in conflict with each other as they look for a true light in a dark world where evil thrives. Having made a contract with Seon-mi 25 years ago, entitling her to seek help from Son Oh-Gong whenever she calls him in exchange of letting him free, the two meet again in a fateful encounter. From there, Son Oh-Gong is bound to his protective role towards Seon-mi, the little girl he had met years ago.

Wikipedia also says it's based on a novel called Journey to the West, so now I'll have to see if I can find that too! :)


  1. Cool! I’m shocked the library has these. Enjoy!

  2. These looks like the Japanese folktales I read a few years ago. I bet they're all similar to Western fairytales. They probably have similarities to each other. Cool.

  3. I often find that the best way to learn these type of things is from watching or reading a series that has these kinds of elements as part of their plot. For instance I learned about the Chinese Zodiac from reading Fruits Basket, I also learned about Shinigami(Japanese gods of death)from various animes and I learned about karuta(a card game that uses Japanese poetry)from Chihayafuru. So I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who gets interested in these type of things while watching a series.

  4. What I have found interesting is that many fairytales are the same from culture to culture with the cultures own flavor added in. The books you showed above look interesting. I will be most interested if you actually do locate a copy of Journey to the West. If you do find it, please let me know and let me know how you like it. :-)



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