dragon story

semi ryu

 

semi is a korean artist working mostly with
3d animation techniques.
in this project she told ancient korean myths
regarding the dragon to people in america.
she then asked them to retell the story
in their own words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dragon story
Once upon a time, in a small village, there is a little girl who really wants to meet the dragon.
She met the dragon many times in her dream, but she can’t remember how it looks like.
The dragon exists in her imagination and its image kept changing.
One night … she went looking for the dragon… She finally met the dragon...

One night, in her dream, an old man appeared and said to her “just follow the dragon line on earth,
then, you will be able to meet the real dragon”. After this dream, she woke up
and found the straight endless line on earth, towards east direction, right in front of her house.
So, she decided to begin this long journey to meet the dragon and find out what the real dragon is…
At first, she moved to east 200 miles and found the mountain “Gi-San”.

Anda…

Many jades are produced in south side and strange trees are growing on north side and here,
she met such a strange creature, which looks like lamb but it has 9 fox tails and 4 ears
and it has a red eye on the back. So she was surprised and asked to this animal,
“what’s your name? Are you dragon?” and it said, “no, my name is “Bag-Gi”.
She was disappointed but she found out bringing this animal help to free from any fears for some reason.
Also, some bird living here looks like chicken with three heads, 6 eyes, 6 feet and 3 red wings.
It’s name is “Chang-Boo”. If people eat this one, magically, they are not gonna sleep any more.
She moved to east 300 miles more to find the dragon again. And she arrived at a mountain.

Anda…

Some animal here look like pig, with chicken’s claws. It make sounds like dog’s barking.
Its Name is “I-lyuk”. When it appeared in town, constructions are increased.
People begin to build brige and house… whatever…Some bird’s appearance, living here is similar with owl.
But, it has human’s hands. It make sounds like little snipe’s crying. Its name is “Joo”.
It always call its name for itself. When it appeared, many scholars in town go into banishment
for some reason. Again, she moved to east 500 miles more to “chung gu” mountain.

Anda…

There is no trees and plants and waters in this area. Some creature living here looks like fox, with 9 tails.
It sound like baby’s murmuring. It likes to eat humans. Eating this creature prevents from the wicked
energy. Some bird living here looks like dove, but with rabbit’s teeth. It make sounds like scolding
and fighting. Very aggressive sounds. Name is “kwan kwan”. Whenever it comes to town,
big thunder storm is coming for some reason. She was afraid that she couldn’t find the dragon here.
So, again, she moved to east 400 miles more to “young gu” mountain.

Anda…

No plants grow here. Many fires. Some birds living here looks like duck. It has human’s face with 4 eyes
and 4 ears. Its name is “ong”. It sounds like calling itself. Whenever it appeared,
this town has a significant drought. Again, she moved to east 70 miles more.

Anda…

There is a mountain “yucha”, lots of steel are produced in north side and lots of red gold are burried
in south side. In this vally, there live many fishes. It has green turtle’s body and fish’s head and yellow fins.
It is crying like lamb. This name is “bee soo”. If people eat this one, they will loose their jealousy.
She couldn’t find the dragon in this place and almost exhausted. Againg, she moved to east 100 miles more
and followed the dragon line with her last hope and she finally found this creature.

Anda…

Camel’s head, rabbit’s eye, snake’s body, horns like deer, ears like cattle, scale like a carp, snake’s neck,
hawk’s claw, belly like “I moo gy”, sole of foot like snake. Whenever it emits energy, it became huge cloud.
This creature can be very dark or bright. And become the smallest like pupa and the biggest,
covering whole world. In the spring equinox, it flys to sky and go down into the lake in the autumnal equinox.
Its name was “the Dragon”. She finally met the dragon but…. Nothing is known what happened after this meeting.

if you would like to retell the story