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Rhys82192 08-15-2011 11:14 AM

Mythical/Legendary Royals
If you know some Royals who are depicted in Folk Legends and Myths , please kindly share them here. Thank you very much! :flowers:

Let me start with King Dangun, the founder of the ancient Kingdom of Gojoseon, the oldest kingdom of Korea. King Dangun is considered as the "Father of the Korean Nation". According to an old Korean legend, King Dangun was the son of Prince Hwanung, with his wife, Ungnyeo (Bear Woman). Prince Hwanung was the son of the God of Heaven, Hwanin (This name also appears in Indian and Chinese Buddhist Texts). Prince Hwanung was sent by Hwanin to earth, with Prince Hwanung's three ministers, the Earl Wind, Chancellor Rain, and Chancellor Cloud, and 3,000 helpers, and founded a City called "Shinshi" (City of God).

One day, a Bear and a Tiger living together in a cave, prayed to Prince Hwanung under the Sacred Sandalwood Tree near the cave, that they might become human beings. Upon hearing their prayers, Prince Hwanung gave them a bundle of mugwort and 20 bulbs of garlic. He ordered the Bear and the Tiger to eat only them, and that they should stay away from the sunlight for 100 days. And so, the Bear and the Tiger did what Prince Hwanung ordered them to do. Unfortunately, the Tiger didn't make it, and gave up. Meanwhile, the Bear ate mugwort and garlic and stayed away from the sunlight for 100 days, and finally, the Bear's wish was granted, the Bear transformed into a human being, a beautiful woman, which we call "Ungnyeo".

Ungnyeo was overjoyed and thanked Prince Hwanung. One day, Ungnyeo went again to the Sacred Sandalwood Tree, and prayed to Prince Hwanung that she might have a child. Upon hearing this, Prince Hwanung took Ungnyeo as his wife, and soon gave birth to a child, a boy. They named him Dangun. King Dangun is the founder of the Kingdom of Gojoseon, the first kingdom and the oldest in all Korea and in Korean history.

According to history, King Dangun founded the Kingdom of Gojoseon in 2333 BC.


Burzg 08-15-2011 11:39 AM

The Princess Diaries film genovia country & the family name not real

Lumutqueen 08-15-2011 11:45 AM


Originally Posted by Burzg (Post 1303083)
The Princess Diaries film genovia country & the family name not real

That's a completely fake story.
I think Rhys is after stories that involve real royals involved in myths.

The Prince Phillip Movement in Vanuatu: The Yaohnanen believe that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the consort to Queen Elizabeth II, is a divine being; the pale-skinned son of a mountain spirit and brother of John Frum. According to ancient tales the son travelled over the seas to a distant land, married a powerful lady and would in time return. The villagers had observed the respect accorded to Queen Elizabeth II by colonial officials and came to the conclusion that her husband, Prince Philip, must be the son from their legends.

Rhys82192 08-15-2011 09:18 PM

It is also said that the Japanese followers of the Shinto Religion worship Emperor Akihito as a divine being. According to Japanese mythology, the first Emperor of Japan, Jinmu Ten'nou, was the great-grandson of the Japanese Sun Goddess, Amaterasu Omikami. And they believe that all of their Emperors originated from Jinmu Ten'nou. Jinmu Ten'nou established the throne in 660 BC.

Rhys82192 08-15-2011 10:06 PM

Emperor Le Loi of Vietnam (c. 1428), is depicted in an old Vietnamese legend of the Hoan Kiem Lake. Hoan Kiem Lake is a lake in the historical center of Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. The lake is one of the major scenic spots in the city and serves as a focal point for its public life. The name Hoan Kiem means "Returned Sword", and according to the legend, Kim Qui, the Golden Turtle God living in the lake, gave Emperor Le Loi a magic sword called Heaven's Will, and it brought Emperor Le Loi victory in his revolt against the Chinese Ming Dynasty. And when the war was over, Emperor Le Loi went to the lake to return Heaven's Will, and Kim Qui came out of the lake and grabbed the Heaven's Will from Emperor Le Loi's hands, and took it with him underneath the lake. The lake was named Hoan Kiem which means "Returned Sword" (the lake was formerly known as Luc Thuy which means "Green Water"). The Tortoise Tower (Thap Rua) standing on a small island near the centre of the lake is linked to the legend.

Rhys82192 08-15-2011 10:24 PM

Romulus, the First Emperor and Founder of Rome, has a twin brother named Remus, and they were both orphaned as babies. According to Roman Mythology, a female wolf (she-wolf) found Romulus and Remus, and she took the twins and raised them as her own babies, until an Etruscan shepherd found them.

Here is a picture of an ancient Roman sculpture of the She-Wolf, with Romulus and Remus feeding on her breasts:

Rhys82192 08-15-2011 11:38 PM

The Island of Ganghwado in South Korea is believed to be the place where King Dangun is buried.

The crater lake of Mount Baekdu in North Korea, is said to be the place where Prince Hwanung landed from Heaven, with his three ministers and 3,000 helpers:

Rhys82192 08-16-2011 02:50 AM

Empress-Consort Jingu of Japan (c. AD 169 - 269) is also legendary. It is said that she has the power to control winds and waves! :ohmy: See this for more info about Empress Jingu:

Rhys82192 08-16-2011 03:14 AM


Originally Posted by Burzg (Post 1303083)
The Princess Diaries film genovia country & the family name not real

This thread is for Royals who are involved in Folk Legends and Myths. If you know any of these Royals, please share them here. Thanks! :flowers:

fearghas 08-16-2011 07:02 AM

Of course the most famous, King Arthur

Rhys82192 08-16-2011 07:14 AM


Originally Posted by fearghas (Post 1303402)
Of course the most famous, King Arthur

Oh yes! Thanks for reminding me. I also remember his magical sword called Excalibur, which he pulled out of the rock.

An Ard Ri 08-16-2011 07:50 AM

Irish mythology

Rhys82192 08-16-2011 09:32 AM

Besides Gojoseon, there is another ancient Korean Kingdom, whose founder, is also surrounded by myths and legends. It is the Kingdom of Silla, or Shilla, which is one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea (The other two kingdoms are Goguryeo [also called Koguryo], and Baekje [also called Paekche]) and lasted from 57 BC - 935 AD. The founder and the first king of the Kingdom of Silla is Park Hyeokgeose (c. 69 BCE - 4 CE, r. 57 BCE–4 CE). The Korean family name "Park" (Hangul: 박) originated from King Park Hyeokgeose. King Park Hyeokgeose founded the Kingdom of Silla in 57 BC. According to an ancient Korean legend, King Park Hyeokgeose was born by hatching out from an egg of a Cockatrice or "Gyeryong" which means "Chicken-Dragon". The Kingdom of Silla is also referred to as "Gyerim" which means "Chicken Forest", and has its origins in the forest near the Silla Capital, which is believed to be the site where King Park Hyeokgeose hatched out from an egg of a Cockatrice (Gyeryong).

Silla - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hyeokgeose of Silla - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

norenxaq 08-17-2011 01:33 AM

according to chinese lore, Gaozu, the founder of the Han Dynasty was the son of a dragon

PrincessKaimi 08-17-2011 06:33 PM

Several royal houses claim descent from Wodin, or from Priam and Hecuba of Troy. Somewhere, there's a mythic genealogy with descent from Jesus and Mary Magdalene for Merovech, King of France (through some Romans first).

Interesting topic.

Rhys82192 08-17-2011 09:02 PM

The Bagration Royal Family of Georgia also claim that they are descendants of the Biblical King David of Israel.

Meraude 08-17-2011 09:09 PM

Here's a list of mythical kings of Sweden:
Mythical kings of Sweden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Among the kings on the list is Fjölnir, who is said to be the son of the god Freyr:
Fjölnir - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A list of semi-legendary kings of Sweden:
Semi-legendary kings of Sweden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Rhys82192 08-17-2011 09:18 PM

The Emperor of Ethiopia, and the founder of Rastafarianism, Emperor Haile Selassie I, is believed by Rastafarians to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ.

norenxaq 08-17-2011 11:29 PM

pk: the merovingian link to jesus might be a recent concoction

rh: while Haile Selasie claimed descent from Solomon, I don't think he supported the rastafarian movement or their claims relative to him

PrincessKaimi 08-22-2011 01:08 AM

I have no knowledge of how old the claim for the Merovingians might be and would not be at all surprised if it is more modern in construction. Certainly the Rastafarian legend is fairly new. I'm guessing the Bagration claim is 19th century or later, as well.

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