Geuseundae The Shadow Ghost

Imagine this, you’re walking down the street in the middle of the night. It’s dark. Out of the shadows, you see the form of a little girl. You approach her. The longer you stare at her, the bigger she seems to get. By the time you’re near her, she bigger than you.

Sounds like the stuff of nightmares, right? In fact, this is the basic premise of the Korean ghost story of Geuseundae (그슨대). Her name roughly translates to Shadow Ghost that gets big. He/She’s been around for a long time. There are accounts of soldiers meeting Geusuendae as far back as the Goreo (고려) Dynasty.

The basic story goes, Geuseundae starts out looking like a small child. People see him/her, wonder what a little kid is doing alone in the middle of the night. They approach to offer help. The longer they look at Geuseundae, the bigger it gets. It also gets bigger if you attack it.

There’s only two ways to escape if you happen to end up in its clutches. You can either shine light at it, or you can feed it crawfish. Since most of us have cell phones in our pockets, the light thing is probably a better choice.

Keep your eyes peeled, and stay out of the shadows!

  1. Namu Wiki https://namu.wiki/w/%EA%B7%B8%EC%8A%A8%EB%8C%80
  2. Rigehbaedah Wiki http://rigvedawiki.net/w/%EA%B7%B8%EC%8A%A8%EB%8C%80
  3. Professor Lee’s Legend Library http://lsm20418.egloos.com/v/2924746

Author: Miranda New

Wife, mom, teacher, writer, expat. A little bit of this, a little bit of that.

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