December 18, 2012
By Ofer Tirosh
Lets be honest, some of us probably believed in unicorns as children. But, to believe they’re actually real as adults? That’s another story. One that was completely misconstrued due to a translation error on Korean television recently.
Last week the official Korean Central News Agency (CNA) reported on an archaeological discovery of a unicorn’s lair. Foreign media immediately began covering the story, citing North Korea’s claim that unicorns exist. But in reality, the discovery of unicorns was just a translation error. In reality, archaeologists had uncovered an ancient site associated with a legend, not a factual site proving unicorns exist.
"An ancient poem says that is the place where King Tongmyong's unicorn lived and where the king is said to have ascended to the heaven on the unicorn's back. What they are saying is that they have found a site associated with this legend, “said Noh Tae-Don, a history professor at Seoul National University.
The mistranslation is thought to be an error associated with North Korean propaganda. The North Korean media is known for making bold statements, especially those related to the ruling Kim dynasty.
Kim Jong-II passed away a year ago and is known for such embellishments as shooting a round of golf at 38 under par. When Kim died, the North Korean media reported that a series of “natural” phenomena occurred. The unicorn report is being viewed at yet another embellishment in a line of political propaganda. The North Korean media is citing is as a translation issue.
North Korea believes that the discovery of the ancient site proves that Pyongyang is the true historical capital of Korea and the center of Korean civilization. For more information about this story, check out http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/2012/12/07/06/43/north-korea-unicorn-claim-lost-in-translation
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