BTS‘s music takes inspiration from many scholarly sources, including novels, science, psychology, and more. Here are 15 random facts fans have learned from BTS that may help them win a trivia game or two!
1. “Mikrokosmos” is German for “microcosm”, which means “small world”. In the thought of the Renaissance, humans were considered to be microcosms: small-scale models of the universe.
2. “Mikrokosmos” is also the name of a series of works by Hungarian composer Béla Bartók. It consists of 153 progressive piano pieces in six volumes written between 1926 and 1939.
3. “Jamais vu” is the opposite of “deja vu”. It is the feeling of experiencing a situation for the first time, despite knowing that you’ve been in the same situation before.
4. Dionysus is the ancient Greek god of wine, winemaking, grape cultivation, fertility, ritual madness, theater, and religious ecstasy.
5. Dionysus is tied to psychological theories, including Carl Jung’s works on archetypes and the human consciousness.
6. Jung’s Map of the Soul: An Introduction is a book about Carl Jung’s principles of analytical psychology.
7. In Jungian psychology, the “persona” is “a kind of mask, designed on the one hand to make a definite impression upon others, and on the other to conceal the true nature of the individual”
8. Behind the persona is the collective unconscious, made up of the ego, anima/animus, shadow, self.
9. 134340 is the minor planet designation for Pluto
10. The world’s loneliest whale is the 52-hertz whale. It emits calls at 52 hertz, a pitch that cannot be heard by any other whales in the world.
11. An ambigram is a word that can be read differently from a different direction, perspective, or orientation. “Save Me” is an ambigram for “I’m Fine” and vice versa.
12. Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair’s Youth is a Bildungsroman by Hermann Hesse, first published in 1919. It explores the tension between good and evil and the world of illusion vs reality.
13. “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” is a 1973 short story by Ursula K. Le Guin. It is about the utopian city of Omelas, whose prosperity depends on the misery of a single child.
14. “Serendipity” is defined as “the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way”.
15. “Baepae” is a Korean bird, called “crow tit”. There is a common idiom based on it: “the crow tit will break its legs trying to walk like a stork”. This means someone is trying to be something they are not.