All good qudestions. The person who can most probably anser them is TRUTH; QSD, and the Great King's Dream . . the events as told in those series - Truth has been posting the actual truth by translating from Korean history books. written in Korean . .
Though MOST of the characters are real people, she says that ishill may be pure fiction as is the storyline about Doekman being born a twin etc. She was never abandoned either. The story is good so long as you KNOW it is fiction BASED on historical events and actual persons.
The animal heads may be a tribal custom of they may be a total fiction written by the writers to enchance the storyline.
When Truth has an opportunity to do so, I am answers will be posted. stay tuned in . . .
sageuk, let's not have any of that "naive and moronic" stuff here. These shows call themselves "historical" and can have the air of authority about them, and many people can legitimately wonder about even seemingly implausible things. I know you weren't trying to insult anyone--and believe me, I share your frustration with some of the nonsense these shows foist on us--but this is one place on the Internet where cooler heads prevail.
I posted about this a while ago, but I traded some e-mails with a professor of Korean history at Columbia U. who told me about how there was a real problem with a lack of good teaching and knowledge of Korean history. This was a few years back--he said that the TV shows actually have done a much better job of teaching history than the school systems do. So people do lean on these shows for information and aren't sure what to think when they start going off in weird directions.
Sorry bout that. Wasn't in the right state of mind.
TV shows done a better job at showing history than schools have? Funny. I must have had a reeeeeaal good teacher in high school and a Cold War course in college freshman because I learned alot from them. Even funnier because TV shows are seen as just entertainment and not lesson givers. Unless yer talkin bout dem documentaries