|Translator(s)||Participants of 2018 Summer Hanmun Workshop (Intermediate Training Group)|
Student Translation : Kathy Lin
The Crows Mr. Yan and Mrs. Xi
In the fourth year 1 of King Ah Da Luo’s ascension to the throne, a crow named Yan and his wife Xi dwelled on the shore by the eastern sea. 2 One day, Yan went to pluck seaweed from the sea. Suddenly a rock carried him to Japan. The people of that country saw him and said, “This is not an ordinary man,” and installed him as a lord. Xi thought it strange that her husband did not return and went seeking him. She saw that her husband had taken off his shoes [by a rock], so she also climbed on. The rock again carried its passenger to Japan. The people there were astonished, and presented her to the Lord Yan. Husband and wife were reunited, and Xi was instated as High Lady.
At that time, the light was gone from the sun and the moon in Silla. The one who divined the heavens proposed, “The spirit of the sun and the moon descended on our country and now has gone to Japan. This is the reason for this strangeness.” The King of Silla sent an envoy to bring the two back. Yan said, “My arrival in this country was caused by Heaven. How can I return now? My wife has what she has woven: fine silk. We can make an offering to the heavens with this.” He then bestowed the silk, and let the envoys go back and report thus. An offering was made according to Yan’s words, and afterward the sun and moon were restored. The silk was kept in the imperial storehouse as a national treasure. The storehouse was named the Storehouse of High Lady. The place of the offering to heaven was called Ying Ri County, or Du Qi Field.
1. The fourth year of King Ah Da Luo’s reign was given as the Ding You (丁酉) year.
2. The sea east of Korea
- Discussion Questions:
+(YO) The title "The Crows Mr. Yan and Mrs. Xi" is quite ingenuous. I'd just change them into Sino-Korean pronunciation (Yŏn and O).