White Snake 白蛇傳

We performed in June 2010,
at the Institute of Chinese Studies, University of Heidelberg:

*** 白蛇傳 Legend of the White Snake ***


峨眉山有兩條修煉成人形的蛇仙,白素貞和小青,因為對人間繁華个好奇,來到杭州西湖邊,剛好是端午節,有人在划龍船、有人在舞獅、有人在雜耍,好不熱鬧。

突然間來了一場雷雨,白素貞被淋成落湯雞,而恰巧路人許仙借了雨傘而締結良姻緣。婚後夫妻在橋邊開一間藥鋪,過著只羨鴛鴦不羨仙的生活。

一日許仙誤將雄黃酒糝入安胎的藥膳中,白素貞喝下後道然露出白蛇原形,許仙被嚇得昏死。白素貞與小青遠赴昆侖山,從南極仙翁求得仙草,救活了許先一命,但是許仙知道白素貞是蛇精所變之後,感情趨於冷淡。

許仙病癒的某一天,信步踱到了金山寺,遇到法海和尚,觀察許仙身上有妖氣,將許仙留置在金山寺中,嫉惡如仇的法海以為白素貞擾亂了人間的秩序,而白素貞與小青前往索討許仙未果,作法以水漫金山寺;但終究被道行高深的法海制服,用佛缽將白素貞鎮壓在雷峰塔下。

小青為躲開了法海,帶了許仙與白素貞的兒子許仕林逃開,計劃未來要救回許素貞並向法海報仇。

Two holy snakes, which could turn into humans, were living near Mountain Emei. There were called Beh soo tsin and Sio tshing. They were curious about the prospering world, so they decided to visit the Westlake near Hangzhou. It was the time of the Dragon boat festival, and people were rowing the dragon boats, dancing the lion dance, playing circus, enjoying the time.

Suddenly, a rainstorm was coming up. Beh soo tsin became all wet, and just at this moment, a man called Khoo appeared and let her stand under his umbrella with him. A romantic story began. They married and after some time opened a medicine shop and were enjoying their lives in harmony.

One day, Mr. Khoo put some realgar wine, a left over from the festival, into the medicated food to prepare for a smooth childbirth. But suddenly, the wine made Beh turn back into her original form of a huge white snake. Mr. Khoo was scared and fell into a coma at once. Beh and Sio immediately went to the Kunlun Mountains to ask for magic herbs from Sian Ong, the immortal old man from the Southern Gate. The herbs rescued Mr. Khoo's life, but his relationship with Beh became cheerless, because Khoo knew that Beh is a snake.

When Mr. Khoo was healed, he took a walk to the Gold Mountain Monastery, and met a monk whose name was Huat Hai. Master Huat Hai, who hated evil like an enemy, thought that Beh had thrown the social relationships into disorder into disorder. He allowed Khoo to hide in the monastery. When Beh and Sio demanded Khoo from the monastery, Master Huat Hai refused. The two snakes were angry and started to perform magic. They tried to flood the monastery, but Master Huat Hai's magic was much stronger. He defeated Beh with his magic bowl, and then put her into the jail in the pagoda of the Westlake.

Sio tshing escaped from Master Huat Hai's magic, and took Beh's son with her. She planned to take personal revenge and to rescue Beh.

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