The Korean goddess of birth visits a maternity ward, hanging a red pepper on the doors of patients she deems worthy of bearing a son. When a boy among a group of souls refuses to bite into a spicy pepper for his reincarnation, the ghost of a little girl inhabiting the hospital offers to go in his stead.
In the late 1980s, an elderly person looks forward to seeing the "pepper" at an ob-gyn in Seoul. Among the many ghosts summoned by the Korean goddess of birth, the ghost of a little girl enters the room instead of the boy who is appalled by the "hot pepper." The girl biting the pepper and her future that the Korean goddess of birth permits is tragic. Pepper is a fantasy that dramatized the process of the distorted gender awareness in premodern Korea. [JANG Byungwon]
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