Tiger's Saga is a collection of verbal stories, folktales of Tiger's involvement in Korean mythology I told at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco to present a brief, quick summary of the ancient history of Korean. I have as all storytellers do re-imaged, adapted, fabricated, modified, elaborated, and enhanced the stories.
In April 2017 during the A to Z Blog Challenge, I wrote a story a day, either a folktale, faery tale, legend, myth, or a cautionary tale. Tiger's Saga from Asian Stories posted here and at my website Bobbie Kinkead. The full stories will be on my Wattpad.com site.
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I re-arranged characters to fit the Korean landscape and combine the stories within a story to suit my tale of ’Taming of Tiger.’ Thus, a simple history of ancient Korean, I told in the Asian Art Galleries from 2002 to 2012.
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The Heavenly Princess loses her sacred golden fish in the waters below heaven. Tiger spirit, Guard of the West, who guards the heavenly palace for the Heavenly Father, Hwam-In, the sun god, calls Tiger to find his daughter’s jeweled fish. Tiger jumps into the waters, which cover what we know as Korea. He sifts the waters and packs the mud, finding the golden fish with some jewels missing.
The Heavenly Prince, Hwan-Ung, tells his Father he will rule this new land. When he arrives, he asks Bear and Tiger to be the first people. Tiger who rather live free leaves the cave and hides in the trees to watch for Bear. Tiger sees Bear Maiden, who becomes the first woman. She dances with the Heavenly Prince, who gives her a child, the first Earthly Man, Dan-Gum. The Korean Emperors claimed they ascended from the Heavenly Prince.
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By now the First Earthy son, Dan-Gum of the Heavenly Prince, is the first Emperor. He dies as ‘the old man of the mountain’ and gives his mother's, Bear Maiden, gifts to his children. The daughter received clay and pottery; her husband is in the army. The oldest son gifted a rope, gourd, and bamboo stick, the totem carver. The second gifted the millstones, the miller. The youngest son gifted the drums, the musician. They traveled on different paths to meet in ten years to honor their father at the feast 'the old man of the mountain'.
Tiger died on his way to see the Heavenly Prince, Hwan-Ung. Revived by three unwise Brahmins, Tiger eats them. In a cage, he is carried back to the Mong Mountains and left.
UNDERSTANDING, A2Z Blogging Challenge
#4 – Tiger and Fish
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The tiger becomes a tyrant, (use of stick Confucianism on the people). As a vain and arrogant ruler, he bullies the beasts and taunts the forest with cruel, selfish rules, and wasteful greed. Cousin Rabbit tricks Uncle Tiger and leaves great Tiger for a great lesson about greed.
VICTORIOUS, A2Z Blogging Challenge
#5 – The Pit
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Tricked by the small Cousin Rabbit, Tiger is humbler and carefully crawls through the woods, which are now filled with hunters. Tiger falls into a pit dug for catching pigs. The totem carver (Shamanism) is the first son of the First Earthly Emperor. Dan-Gum. The carver helps Tiger out of the pit, as Tiger is the Guard of the West and King of the Beasts. To Tiger, the carver resembles the Heavenly Prince, only does not smell like him and too long and thin. When Tiger wants to eat the carver, Cousin Rabbit who tricked Tiger before tricks Tiger back into the pit.
WISDOM, AtoZ Blogging Challenge
#6 – The Pheasant
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Tiger becomes extremely careful because Rabbit tricked him twice. The miller (agriculture), the second son of the First Emperor, travels milling grains with his stones for the farmers. When Tiger chases pheasants to eat, the miller, who looks like the Heavenly Prince, throws a millstone and hurts Tiger’s front paw. Wanting revenge, Tiger plans to eat the miller. Only a pheasant rings a temple bell, causing Tiger to lose his power.
XXXXX-ing, A2Z Blogging Challenge
#7 – The Healing
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Tiger injured, starving, and hides in a cave, humiliated. Finding the Tiger, the woman approaches, “My husband emotionally injured by the wars. A shaman told me to bring him a whisker from a live tiger to heal him.” The young woman looks like the Bear Maiden. Tiger allows the woman to feed him. After, his paw heals; he gives her a whisker. She brings her husband to meet Tiger, who is gratified and stays in the cave until he hears a drum play.
Yonder, A2Z Blogging Challenge
#8 – Dancing Tiger
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Tiger heard drumming as in the court of the Heavenly Prince and sees a young man that resembles the Prince. Tiger leaves the cave and dances behind the man. He dances from city to city for celebrations. Tiger goes to “the old man of the mountain” ten-year celebration. Here the Heavenly Prince comes for Tiger; together they visit mountain celebrations in Korea every year.
ZEALOUS, A2Z Blog Challenge
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© Taming of Tiger is a collection of stories told in the Korean Galleries, these
fall into place as a brief, simplified, segue through the art pieces and
told the ancient history of Korea, 4,500 years ago with the first
By adapted, enhanced, embroidered, and re-imaged, I re-arranged the characters to fit the Korean landscape and combine the stories within a story to suit a segue tale of Taming of Tiger. I told in the Asian Art Museum, CA in Korean Galleries to school children and adults attending storytelling tours between 2002 and 2014.
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