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As in the Western world, Korea has a variety of mythical monsters. Among them is Bulgasari, an iron-eating monster, which will be the main topic of this paper. The monster's name "Bulgasari" has a paradoxical meaning in Korean, which is "cannot be killed but can be killed by fire. " The meaning of the name represents the wide gamut of ambivalent identity ranging from physical to metaphorical aspects of the monster. It also provides a uniquely Korean reception and interpretation of beingdoi:10.13185/kk2020.03307 fatcat:6el73otjvbg6pjsvu62egnqgd4