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One of the earliest figures in Korean Folklore, the nine-headed monster is a big humanoid with nine heads and a tail. Along with superhuman strength and endurance, he has regeneration so powerful that he can even regrow his heads, or reattach them.
Though this folktale has many variations, the most common narrative is that a warrior journeys to the underground kingdom to rescue a princess from the monster.
However, he is no match for his adversary at the beginning and has to train himself underground in addition to drinking a holy water to gain boosted strength. The princess helps him by providing food and shelter. She cleverly entices the monster to drink an excessive amount of rice wine before the final duel to weaken him.
The warrior attempts to cut off all nine heads one by one to kill the foe, but they regrow or reattach faster than he can cut. Though drunk, the giant is virtually invulnerable. Luckily, the princess had discovered a weakness. She throws hot ash on the wounds to prevent regeneration.
Working together, the pair separates all immortal heads from the body and buries them before departing to the surface. Overjoyed by his daughter’s safe return, the king allows the warrior to marry the princess.
[왓섭! 공포 라디오]. (2016, October 11). [요괴 백과] 한국의 요괴들 #2 [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yfAN7oPhBU
 This tale is ancient and resembles Hercules’s hunt for the Hydra in Greek mythology.
 or a daughter of a wealthy merchant
 In Hercules’s case, the nephew burned the Hydra’s necks with a torch to prevent regrowth after his uncle decapitated them.
 The tales are still different in that one monster is a humanoid while the other is a serpent.