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Home  |  Spirits   |  Asian Spirits   |  Korean Spirits   |  Dokkaebi : The Mischievous Wrestler

Dokkaebi : The Mischievous Wrestler

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Description
Origin Korean Mythology
Classification Spirits
Family Members N/A
Region South Korea
Associated With Mischief, Wrestling

Dokkaebi

Introduction

Dokkaebi are creatures from folklore and mythology and have supernatural powers and abilities that allow them to interact with humans. They are one of the most prevalent supernatural beings in South Korean folklore. They are known to have both positive and negative characteristics.

Contrary to popular belief, these creatures are not monsters with supernatural powers. They are creatures that take pleasure in making people happy. In some areas of Korea, they were known to bring diseases such as smallpox. They believed that their powers allowed them to control all aquatic creatures.

They are very different from ghosts as they are not risen from the dead but rise from nature as inanimate objects to harass or help people.

Physical Traits

Dokkaebi are usually portrayed wearing a traditional Korean dress known as a hanbok. It is often colourful and has simple lines.

They have a varied and fearsome appearance. In most cases, they are depicted as being incredibly hard to tame and terrifying.

Other Names/ Types

There are several types of the creatures with various appearances and agendas. Cham dokkaebi are very mischievous, while gae dokkaebi are evil. Gim seobang dokkaebi are considered to be dumb farmers, nat dokkaebi are the only ones to appear in daylight and go dokkaebi are skilled warriors with weapons. Also, Gaksi and chonggak dokkaebi are attractive looking to humans, oenun dokkaebi have only one eye and oedari dokkaebi have only one leg and are the most fond of wrestling.

Powers and Abilities

There are many variants of the dokkaebi which has its own unique characteristics. These creatures come in different sizes and shapes. They have a long, hairy body and bulging eyes.

Some people refer to them as harmless, while others believe they are mischievous and play pranks on others. They are extremely skilled wrestlers and cannot be beaten easily. Due to their unique physical characteristics, they can only be beaten once their right side is exploited. They have various magical items, such as a hat that can give them invisibility, and a magic club that can summon things and act as a magic wand.

Modern Day Influence

Today, they can be seen in movies, television shows, and games. In Korea, the fans of the national soccer team have created a dokkaebi face as their mascot.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are Dokkaebi good or bad?

Dokkaebi, Korean tricksters, are a tangled blend of good and bad. They reward good deeds, play mischievous pranks (sometimes helpful!), and can be vengeful if disrespected. Their unpredictable nature keeps us guessing – are they friends or fiends? It all depends on the story!

What animal is Dokkaebi?

Dokkaebi aren’t furry friends, but rather mischievous Korean spirits, shapeshifting between humanoids and tricksters, blurring the lines between helpful blessings and playful pranks. Forget categories, embrace the mystery – they’re creatures of their own lore!

What is the Dokkaebi Goblin story?

Dokkaebi, often referred to as Korean goblins, are nature spirits from Korean mythology and folklore. They are typically depicted as ugly creatures with red faces, sometimes with horns and one or two legs. Originating from inanimate objects stained with human blood, they possess various abilities, including bestowing good fortune and punishing humans for their sins. Folktales about Dokkaebi, such as “Dokkaebi bangmangi”, depict them interacting with humans, often with moral lessons involved.

Is Dokkaebi a God?

Dokkaebi, or Korean goblins, are based on creatures from Korean mythology. They originate from inanimate objects stained with human blood and are known for their powers and abilities, which include bestowing good fortune and punishing humans for their sins. They are often depicted as ugly creatures with red faces, sometimes with horns and one or two legs.

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Disclaimer: While it is the intention of Mythlok and its editors to keep all the information about various characters as mythologically accurate as possible, this site should not be considered mythical, legendary or folkloric doctrine in any way. We welcome you using this website for any research, journal or study but citing this website for any academic work would be at your own personal risk.
Disclaimer: While it is the intention of Mythlok and its editors to keep all the information about various characters as mythologically accurate as possible, this site should not be considered mythical, legendary or folkloric doctrine in any way. We welcome you using this website for any research, journal or study but citing this website for any academic work would be at your own personal risk.