(Art) Dokkaebi by Lydia Ruyle

KOR2_Dokkaebi 2013

Dokkaebi is a fierce guardian of sacred space who can create mischief or protect people from evil spirits. Standing on a lotus flower, her fanged mouth, hanging breasts, and ritual belt identify her as a crone. Dokkaebi’s dragon face associates her with water to protect a wooden building from fire. Her presence is placed on clay roof tiles to ward off a “teeming invisible army of hostile spirits and ghosts.”

Source: Baekje Roof Tile. 18 BCE-660 CE. National Buyeo Museum. Buyeo. Korea

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