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    Posted: 17-Apr-2009 at 05:42
In the records, king Jumong of Goguryeo had 3 sons.

1. King Yuri (second Goguryeo king) from lady Ye soya

2. Biryu from lady Se seo no

3. King Onjo (First king of Baekje kingdom) from Lady Se seo no

Are king Onjo and Prince Biryu, king Jumong's real sons or his step sons?


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Of course there are different interpretations of this issue.

The classic interpretation is of course from Samguk Sagi which tells us that Jumong escaped Buyeo and settled in Jolbon, where he married Lady So Suh-no and had two sons (Biryu and Onjo), and, of course, founds the country Goguryeo. Some years later, Jumong's son from Buyeo (Yuri) comes back and claims to be the true son. He has the other half of the sword that Jumong left prior to leaving Buyeo. This allows Jumong to realize who Yuri is, and Yuri becomes the crown prince. Subsequently, Biryu, Onjo, and Lady So all leave Jolbon and head south.

The controversy comes from the fact that the sons and the mother leave together.

In a more realistic intrepretation, Jumong was a noble who escaped Buyeo to found the new country of Goguryeo. Although he had the legitimacy (being a noble), he didn't have the monetary or military powers, and that's why he married into the family of a local warlord/chief in Jolbon. This allowed the two factions (Buyeo faction that followed Jumong to Jolbon and local Jolbon faction) to share power.

The fact that Jumong can bring his old son and his old wife from Buyeo depicts that the Jumong faction has more or less garnered all control in the country, practically forcing the wife's faction to leave the country.

One might argue that if the sons were really his, then would So Suh-no's faction have left Goguryeo with the sons. They were forced out of power in Goguryeo so they have decided to leave, but there was no reason to take Jumong's bloodline along with them.

Finally, there is no definitive proof that Baekje kings are descendants of Jumong. It is a more proven fact that both Gogyureo and Baekje are of Buyeo origin, since their culture is same. Furthermore, Jumong means a great archer in Buyeo languages, so it is just as likely that there may not have been a real "Jumong," and that both countries are claiming their heritage to a mythical character in Buyeo culture.
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