Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Korean Folktales: The Farting Woman

A long long time ago, when dragons still smoked long pipes...

... there was a beautiful young woman who was sweet, kind and intelligent, but who had one big problem: she couldn't control her farts. She farted often, and her farts were very loud and strong, known to blow over large kimchi pots, or blow the tiles off a roof. Her farting concerned her parents because the beautiful young woman was about to get married. They were afraid of what would happen if she farted in front of her new husband and his parents, so they told her not to fart anymore.

The beautiful young woman married her new husband and she held in all of her farts. They had many children and lived happily together for many years. Her parents-in-law loved her very much because she was a very good daughter-in-law. After 10 years she began to get very sick, and her husband and parents-in-law were very worried about her. They asked her what was wrong, and she told them that she had been holding in her farts for the past 10 years, which was making her sick. They told her that they loved her, and that her health was important to them, so she should fart if she had to.

As it had been a very long time since she had last farted, she warned her husband, parents-in-law and children to hold onto a pillar as the fart was going to be very powerful. When she had finished, her children had been blown into a field, her husband and parents-in-law had been blown onto a neighbour's roof, and her house was destroyed. After that, she could fart any time she wanted to.


  1. Very cute!

    Here is a slightly different version for you that I found...

  2. that is the most redicules story iv ever read. are you sure its legit. verry funny tho
    love you lots and miss you always

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  3. Indeed it is legit!

    The version of the story I posted is actually paraphrased from one of the text books I use to teach my kids. Imagine my shock to discover when lesson planning that teaching this story was going to be the lesson for the day!

    My students call her poison-gas-woman! :P

  4. Haven't laughed so much in ages!!

  5. What a heart-warming story about family bonding. Oddly, there has to be a certain level of familiarity to fart in front of others. It shows intimacy and a good comfort level.

  6. Love means never having to say you're sorry (about farting in front of your in-laws). That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

  7. It reminds me of when I went to summer camp and the guys had a farting contest. The winner did it 103 times. It was contested though, because he had blown the controversial machine gun type farts. Some would say the whole run of them counts only as one.

  8. Farting can be big business. Ever heard of methane?

  9. how utterly childish.


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