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The White Snake Lady

2011-08-26 16:35 ChineseTime

 

In Song dynasty, there were a white snake and a green snake who had magical power in the Emei Mountain. One year, they transformed into two beautiful young ladies and came into the mundane world to find a man named Xu Xian who saved the white snake´s life on previous generation at the West Lake of Hangzhou city.

The white snake fell in love with Xu Xian at first sight, and they got married soon after. The Lady White helped her husband to open an herbal medicine store by writing the prescriptions. Patients unable to pay were given free treatment and medicine. The store quickly became well known and popular.

One day a monk called Fa Hai saw the couples and warned Xu Xian that his wife was a white snake. It was during the Dragon Boat Festival, when Chinese families like to decorate with calamus and Chinese mugwort around the house and drink wine to drive away spirits. This was dangerous to Lady White and Lady Green, since they were spirits after all. Lady White was pregnant at that time and her magical power had weakened a lot. She tried to drink wine to please her husband. Unfortunately, she couldn´t control herself and turned into her snake body in her bedroom. Xu Xian saw the white snake and was literally scared to death.

Lady White knew only the the resurrection plants on the Kunlun Mountain could bring her husband back to life, but it was guarded by two immortals. In order to save her lover, Lady White decided to steal it. Unfortunately, she failed and was caught, but her true love moved two immortals who let her take some the resurrection plants back and thus the life of Xu Xian was restored.

Xu Xian remembered Fa Hai and went to the Jinshan Temple to see him. Fa Hai suggested Xu Xian become a monk to forget his wife. Fa Hai could take care the spirits. Lady White asked a great army of underwater creatures for help and brought forth a flood over the Jinshan Temple to fight with Fa Hai. Fa Hai had the magical power too and asked the heavenly soldiers to save his temple. Since the Lady White was pregnant, she was too weak to fight harder, She gave up the battle and waited for the time after giving birth.

Xu Xian went to see his son and carried a magical hat from Fa Hai for his son. The magical hat captured the White Snake. Fa Hai imprisoned the White Snake inside the Leifeng Pagoda.

The Green Snake was unable to fight Fa Hai alone, escaped and practiced in her magical power even harder. After the son of Lady White grew up. She took revenge by destroying the Leifeng Pagoda and rescued White Snake. White Snake reunited with her husband and her son.

 

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