The boy, girl, and the crow

Informant is a second generation Korean. She currently lives in Los Angeles and is in her early 30s.


Folk tale as told by informant: There’s also one that I heard from my parents where some girl gets taken up to the sky in a well. And then the guy and girl who were not allowed to marry, but the ravens or crows felt bad for them and made a bridge so they can meet once a year. It was one of those stories that explain why this one type of black bird gets bald once a year. The girl was a heavenly princess and the guy was a normal guy on Earth.

I also remember hearing this story as a child. It was read to me by my parents and I have a huge collection of these little books back home.