I was able to get in touch with one really amazing author, Christina Farley, awhile back and was so happy to find out that she was willing to do a guest post on RealityLapse! Christina’s the author of the GILDED series, which is about Korean mythology (awesome!). If you haven’t heard about GILDED, be sure to add it to Goodreads using the button below.
Top Ten: Mythical Creates in SILVERN
Like I did in GILDED, in SILVERN, I incorporated more of the ancient Korean myths and creatures. Researching these creatures was fun but there isn’t much information out there on Korean mythology and often the sources conflicted. So I took the common threads from what I gathered and then added some of my own creativity, too.
Here is a list of my favorite mythological beasts from SILVERN:
1. Imoogi- These creatures are half-dragon and must wait a 1,000 years to become a real dragon. But there are also imoogi who decide to forgo dragon status and just hunt human souls and feed off of them. Hence the inspiration for my (Chapter 19)
2. White Tiger: The White Tiger is one of the four guardians, the guardian of the winds. He is also the tiger that is pictured on the cover of SILVERN. In this story, the orb that takes on the White Tiger’s powers is to seek out what the welder desires. (Chapter 24)
3. Gwishin: These are ghost of someone who died. These Korean ghosts are pretty creepy. They wear only white, usually long flowing white hanboks and their hair is draped over their faces so you can’t see their expressions. There are a few different types of gwishim:
a. dalgyal gwishin—a ghost with a featureless egg-like head- If you see one of these, it means you will die. (Chapter 16)
b. mool gwishin—ghost of one who was drowned by water (Chapter 15)
4. Bonghwang—A mythological bird with the beak of a rooster, face of a swallow, forehead of a fowl, neck of a snake, breast of a goose, back of a tortoise, hindquarters of a stag, and tail of a fish. (Chapter 25)
5. King Daebyeol—The ruler of the Underworld. (Chapter 16)
6. Samshin—The goddess of life and childbirth. I had fun with her role in setting her residence in one of my favorite haunts to visit in the mountains outside of Seoul: Herbnara. If you ever visit there, I highly recommend staying. (Chapter 29)
7. The Nine Dragons –These are the nine dragons that guard the sacred Kuryong Falls in North Korea. (Chapter 22)
8. Princess Bari- Bari was the seventh daughter of King Ogu. Bari became the death goddess because she was able to bring flowers and healing water to bring her parents back to life. She is considered the guider of the dead to the Underworld.
This was such a fun post! Many thanks to Christina, who made this all possible–and be sure to check out her books! You can use this as a guide as you go along the chapters to find out more about ten of Christina’s favorite mythological creatures.