Published On: Tue, Dec 4th, 2012

North Korea reports discovery of ‘Unicorn Lair’

North Korean state media has reported the discovery of the lair of a unicorn ridden by an ancient Korean king.

Unicorn lair sign in North Korea

The report is a propaganda piece likely geared at shoring up the rule of Kim Jong Eun, the young and relatively new leader, said Sung-Yoon Lee, a professor of Korean studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Most likely, North Koreans don’t take the report literally, Lee told LiveScience.

 “It’s more symbolic,” Lee said, adding, “My take is North Koreans don’t believe all of that, but they bring certain symbolic value to celebrating your own identify, maybe even notions of cultural exceptionalism and superiority. It boosts moral.”

According to an English language article from North Korea’s state news agency, archeologists have “reconfirmed” that a lair in Pyongyang is that of a unicorn ridden by Tongmyong, who founded the real-life Koguryo Kingdom. This ancient Korean kingdom spanned the north and central Korean peninsula as well as northeast China and parts of southern Russia. It was founded sometime between the second century B.C. and the turn of the millennium.

Tying Kim Jong Eun’s reign into that of the first king of the Koguryo Kingdom lends him the legitimacy he lacks, Lee said. The North Korean government has followed a similar strategy before, claiming, for example, that a burial site near Pyongyang is that of Dangun, the founder of the first Korean kingdom and the son of a god and a bear-turned-woman, according to the Korean creation myth

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