Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Haetae - Fire Beast

Prominently featured in front of the Gwanghwamun Gate are several large Haetae figures. Resembling a dog with a lion's mane, this mythical creature is the master of fire and a guardian against this element. Its powers include time travel and the ability to bite the moon, hence causing the waning of the moon or even an eclipse. Haetae sculptures are often placed in front of or inside Korean houses as a protection against destructive natural elements.

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