Kim Jong Il Myths: A Prodigy With Superhuman Powers
By | December 11, 2019
His birth was foretold through Communist mythology
From 1994 until his death on December 17, 2011, Kim Jong Il was the supreme leader of North Korea. Throughout his time as the hermit country's leader, he exhibited strange proclivities and acted out his wildest whims while his people were starved to death and forced to work until they dropped. For 17 years, he controlled one of the world's most secretive and repressive governments while promoting himself as a godlike figure. Let's see if we can sort out the Kim Jong-Il myths vs. facts.
When was the last time a leader's ascent was foretold as if they were a Norse god? According to his official biography, when Kim Jong Il was born on Mount Paekdu on February 16, 1942, a double rainbow appeared over the mountain as winter became spring, a bright star rose in the sky, and a swan flew down to herald "a general who will rule the world." The child who arrived with such fanfare was said to have been a gifted genius who took his first steps at three weeks old and spoke his first words only five weeks later. Of course, none of that is true, up to and including the date and location of his birth. It was actually the previous year in the Soviet Union, and presumably, no large roles in it were played by swans, but that's not a very good story, now, is it?
The most interesting man in the world
According to his official biographer, Kim was more than a prodigy; he was a superhuman being whose abilities were merely hinted by the moment of his birth. He could, it was said, change the seasons at will, making trees bloom and snow melt if he felt like having an early summer. Kim was also allegedly a "genius of 10,000 talents" whose literary proliferation rivaled Stephen King, supposedly writing 1,500 books in the four years he spent at university. He didn't stop at the arts, either; he was a gifted athlete as well. The only time he played golf, legend has it, he hit 11 holes-in-one and called it a day.