One of the 4 greatest love story in China.
2 out of 4 happened in Hangzhou’s West Lake.
One is 白蛇傳 and another one is 梁山伯与朱英台
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. A monk intervenes in order to save the scholar’s soul and casts the white snake into a deep well at the Leifeng Pagoda.
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. There have also been variations on the telling of the story: like the scholar adopting the white snake as a pet while still a schoolboy; or himself being banished from Heaven and becoming a mere human on Earth.
An added character is a green snake (or in some cases, a carp) who has also been turned into a woman and serves as the white snake-woman’s soul sister and confidante.
I heard Mr.Liang’s love story many times but Madam White Snake not that often.
After the tourist guide told me the whole story, i was touched.
The myth said the white snake actually ate a pill which fallen from Heaven
which the evil monk been finding to consume so that he could have eternity life.
Since the pill was gone, the monk ‘no syok’ lor than go after her and revenge.
Madam White Snake was stranded under this Leifeng Pagonda (雷峰塔).
The lover were separated because of a selfish monk. Cannot lose face punya monk.. isk isk!
One person greed and grieve become another person’s tragedy. It is so sinful.
Suddenly it was so inspiring that triggered my interest to find
all the movie and stuff about it to watch. 🙂
and it is all happened over here.