The Korean Folktale: Sister Sun Brother Moon

Doogaji Visits Korean American Culture

The Korean Folktale: Sister Sun Brother Moon

We’ve been waiting all summer…

Folktales are part magic and part lesson. They highlight a culture’s unique view of the world and their sensibilities about what is important in life. They always remind us of our rich history.

As part of the 60th Anniversary of storytelling at the Hans Christian Andersen statue in Central Park, New York City, we joined the amazing storyteller Ron Sopyla who shared the famous Korean folktale Sister Sun Brother Moon. The story is about how a Mother saves her children from a tiger even after being eaten herself, and how they turn into the sun and the moon after rising up to the heavens to escape the tiger.

This myth has similar variations across many cultures. One interesting detail in the Inuit culture’s version - the sister and brother run and play together and as the brother catches up to the sister an eclipse is created.

We stayed on to listen to another folktale from Haiti - Horse and Toad, about two suitors for a princess’s hand in marriage. This folktale also showed how your family can help you be successful.

This is just a small example of how themes about family and helping are indeed universal.

Doogaji intends to create our own version of Sister Sun Brother Moon. Joohee and her brother Taemin would be perfect for it, don’t you think?

The storytelling, sponsored by the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center, Inc. continues until the end of September at the statue, every Saturday morning at 11 a.m.

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