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Okinawan Robin Hood Was Korean

Date Posted: 2000-04-29

Five college professors from South Korea are currently visiting Okinawa in order to study a 15th century legend telling the tale of a local hero Akahachi Oyake, whom the scholars believe originally was from Korea.

According to the legend, the man lived in Yaeama islands and was supposedly a kind of Okinawan Robin Hood. Like his English counterpart he also stole from the rich and gave the poor. He finally ended up in Shuri Castle and was executed.

Besides hustling money for his favorite cause, Akahachi is said to have taught Korean stone construction techniques to local people. As a matter of fact, that is one of the foundations to the Koreanís claim that Akahachi indeed was Korean. The scholars plan to stay here five days.

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