Chinese Mythology , by Derek Walters, HarperCollins, London, 1992. Over the centuries the story has evolved from horror story to romance with the scholar and the white snake-woman genuinely in love with one another, but such a relationship is forbidden by the laws of Heaven. The Legend—Versions—Literary Fiction , by Ren Shaozeng, Hei Feng Publishing Co. . Lü Dongbin laughs and carries Xu Xian to the bridge, where he flips him upside down and causes him to vomit the tangyuan into the lake. Based on by Lilian Lee.
Probably the biggest production of this story to date. Like all famous children's fairy tales, it has been retold again and again under various names, even taking the form of a popular Chinese opera and, of several films and a full-length color cartoon. Then they meet a sorcerer called FaHai who believes that every demon should be eliminated. Bai SuZhen holds her captive at the bottom of a lake, though she promises the green snake that she'll come back in three hundred years to free her. It has since become a major subject of several Chinese , and.
This is the classic movie version of the tale, starring the screen legend Lin Dai. Bai Suzhen and Xiaoqing travel to , where they brave danger to steal a magical herb that restores Xu Xian to life. The E-mail message field is required. There is a saying that a crab's internal fat is orange because it resembles the color of Fahai's. It was the earliest adaptation of the legend. Over the centuries however the story has evolved from horror to romance with Bai and Xu genuinely in love with one another, but such a relationship is forbidden by the laws of heaven.
A boy called Xu Xian buys some tangyuan from Lü Dongbin without knowing that they are actually immortality pills. They included: Legend of the White Serpent by A. The series made extensive use of the story, reusing it in the first season 1998 and a modified version in the 1999. A female white snake demon, Bai SuZhen, dreams of transforming into a goddess by doing good deeds, so she takes on human form and goes to the human realm. Features lovely language for the dialog and translates some terms more exactly, but also suffers from stilted verse and misunderstandings of Chinese geography and mythology.
Translations of various versions: Chang, H. Legend of the White Snake is a Chinese legend, which existed as oral traditions before any written compilation. After three hundred years she keeps her promise and frees her. He approaches Xu Xian and tells him that during the his wife should drink , a wine associated with that festival. London: Allen and Unwin, 1952, pp.
Basic story At its most basic, the story tells of a young scholar who falls in love with a beautiful woman, unaware that she is a white snake who has taken on human form. Find out more in our. A Taiwanese puppet performance of the opera, featuring both hand and rod puppets, recorded live at the 2012 Taipei Traditional Arts Festival. In Chinese, with English subtitles. In Chinese, with no English subtitles. Bai, Qing and FaHai finally agreed to a truce and obtained the magical herb needed to help the population. Over the centuries however the story has evolved from horror to romance with Bai and Xu genuinely in love with one another, but such a relationship is forbidden by the laws of heaven.
A good overview with excellent performance photos. On the fifth day of the fifth month, the is held. Bai thus decides to take Qing and Xu Xian back to Ban Bu Duo, but Xu Xian falls for FaHai's tricks yet again and Bai shows her true self, scaring Xian literally to death. Note: If no words show on the menu, move the highlight bar to the right and press Enter for English subtitles. Xu Xian later manages to escape from Jinshan Temple and reunite with his wife in , where Bai Suzhen gives birth to their son, Xu Mengjiao. A bonus in this digitally restored version is the brilliance of the color and the picture clarity.
Best ordering in the U. After the battle with the Leader of the underworld, Xu Xian confesses his feelings for Bai, claiming that it was love at first sight. Fahai tracks them down, defeats Bai Suzhen and imprisons her in. Bai thus decides to take Qing and Xu Xian back to Ban Bu Duo, but Xu Xian falls for FaHai's tricks yet again and Bai shows her true self, scaring Xian literally to death! In Chinese with English subtitles. Great fun, with surprising twists on the old tale.
Storyline The story is set in the Southern. Now Xu Xian is back into the human world but has forgotten everything. Xian kindly accepts her, but Fahai then attacks the weakened Bai and holds her to eternal captivity in the Leifeng Pagoda. Bai retrieves the herbal medicine and brings Xian back to life. The green snake is grateful to the white snake and she regards the white snake as an elder sister. This eventful transformation involves her and her young master in a series of astonishing adventures and strange difficulties before they at last find happiness by overcoming even the unbending decree of the gods. This production marked the start of musical theatre industry in Hong Kong.
Xian kindly accepts her, but Fahai then attacks the weakened Bai and holds her to eternal captivity in the. Fullarton Prior, illustrated by Kwan Sang-Mei, published by Charles E. She later returns and defeats Fahai, thus setting Bai free. Tuttle Company, Rutland, Vermont, 1960; and Lady White Snake: A Tale From Chinese Opera, by Aaron Shepard, illustrated by Song Nang Zhang, Pan Asian Publications, Union City, California, 2001. But it has never been retold more charmingly than here.