白蛇传

传说,有一条白蛇修炼了一千年,终于修成人形,化为美丽端庄的白娘子,另一条青蛇修炼了五百年,也化为富有青春活力的小青姑娘。她们二人结伴来到西湖游玩,当她们来到断桥时,白娘子在人群中看见一位清秀的白面书生,心中暗生情意。小青便悄悄地作法,降下大雨。白面书生许仙打着伞来到湖边乘船,正好看见白娘子和小青被大雨淋得很狼狈,许仙忙把自己的伞递过去让她们避雨,自己却躲得很远,任凭雨淋。白娘子看见许仙这样老实腼腆,心里更喜欢了,许仙也对美丽的白娘子产生了爱慕之情。在小青的撮合下,许仙和白娘子成了亲,并且在西湖边上开了一家药店,治病救人,乡亲们都很喜欢他们。

但是金山寺的法海法师却认为白娘子是妖精,会祸害民间。他悄悄地告诉许仙,白娘子是白蛇化身而成,还教许仙怎样识别白蛇。许仙将信将疑。转眼端午节到了,老百姓都喝雄黄酒避邪,许仙按照法海教的办法,逼迫白娘子喝雄黄酒。白娘子这时候已经怀孕,她推却不了许仙,喝了酒后,马上现出蛇的原形,许仙立刻被吓死了。白娘子为了救活许仙,不顾自己怀孕,千里迢迢来到昆仑圣山偷盗起死回生的灵芝草。白娘子与守护灵芝草的护卫拼命恶战,护卫被白娘子感动了,将灵芝赠送给她。许仙被救活以后,知道白娘子真心爱自己,夫妻更加恩爱。

可是法海还是容不下白蛇在人间生活。他将许仙骗进金山寺,强迫他出家为僧。白娘子和小青非常愤怒,率领水族士兵攻打金山寺,想救出许仙。她们不断作法,引发洪水,金山寺被洪水包围,这就是传说中很有名的“水漫金山”。法海也大显法力,白娘子因为临产,打不过法海,只得在小青的保护下逃跑。当她们逃到断桥时,正遇上从金山寺逃出来的许仙。许仙与白娘子二人经过劫难,又在初逢的断桥相见,百感交集,不由得抱头痛哭。白娘子刚生下儿子,法海就赶来了,他无情地将白娘子镇压在西湖边的雷峰塔下,诅咒说,除非西湖水干,雷峰塔倒掉,否则白娘子永远也不能再回到人间。

多年后,小青修炼得道,重回西湖,她打败了法海,将西湖水吸干,将雷峰塔掀倒,终于救出了白娘子。

Translation

The legend of the White Snake

This is the legend of a white snake who reached Human shape after practicing asceticism for 1000 years. It turned into a beautiful, composed and dignified white woman and was named Bai Niang Zi. She was with another young and lively little snake named Xiao Qing, who also reached Human shape after 500 years of practicing asceticism. They were both having fun wandering the streets of the City of Xihu when Bai Niang Zi noticed a handsome pale-faced scholar in the crowd and started falling for him. Xiao Qing taking note of the budding love, discreetly conducted a magical act calling upon the rain to help get things moving. The pale-faced scholar, Xu Xian, was walking towards the lake to embark on a boat when he found Bai Niang Zi and Xiao Qing drenched in the rain. Given the situation, Xu Xian offered them his umbrella so that they could take shelter from the rain, staying at a long distance despite the heavy shower. Seeing this honest and simple-minded attitude of his, Bai Niang Zi’s love grew even more as Xu Xian himself fell in love with her at first sight. Thanks to the intervention of Xiao Qing, it was a match made in Heaven. The couple got married and opened a Medicine Cabinet in Xihu; saving and treating people, the whole town loved them very much.

However, a Buddhist Monk from the Jinshan Temple believed Bai Niang Zi to be an evil spirit that would eventually hurt the mortal World. He went to find Xu Xian and slowly started to explain the situation and teach him how to discover under outward appearances, the white snake that she really is. Xu Xian neither believed the word of the Monk, nor thought of it as a lie. The Dragon Boat festival was about to start. During this festival, most people would drink Xiong Huang Jiu, a rice liquor mixed with realgar which is traditionally consumed to ward off evil spirits. Xu Xian compelled Bai Niang Zi to drink the elixir according to the Monk’s plan. Unable to defend herself because of her pregnancy, she turned into a snake right after ingesting the potion. Xu Xian dropped dead as he was frightened of his wife’s original shape. In order to save his life, she needed to find the Lingzhicao. Commonly known as the Snake Jasmine, it is a plant that can revive the dead. Despite her pregnancy, she traveled thousands of miles to the Holy Kunlun Mountain where the plant is heavily guarded by a Monk. She was willing to get the Lingzhicao at all cost, even if it meant engaging in a battle with the guardian. Seeing this pregnant woman, desperate to save her lover, the monk was moved and decided to give her the Lingzhicao. When Xuxian came back to life, he knew how much she truly loved him; everything finally came back to normal and their love was even stronger than before.

But the monk was still opposed to the white snake living in the Human world. He tricked Xu Xian into Jinshan Temple and forced him to become a monk, which lead to Bai Niang Zi and Xiao Qing’s anger. They decided to lead an army of immortal sea creatures to attack the Temple and save Xu Xian. The battle was raging on until the whole Jinshan Temple was flooded with water; they kept on fighting with the monk who was also defending himself to the end showing the best of its abilities. However, Bai Niang Zi couldn’t keep fighting anymore because she was getting into labor. Xiao Qing helped her escape to the broken bridge where they met Xu Xian who had just fled from the Temple. It was their first encounter since the beginning of the disaster, they where filled with all kinds of emotions and couldn’t help but fall into each others’ arms and cry. Bain Nian Zi finally gave birth to a little boy. The monk arrived at this very moment and cursed her: she had to remain under the Leifeng Pagoda on the side of the lake of Xihu. Moreover, unless the lake of Xihu is dry and the Leifeng Pagoda is broken, she can never return to the World.

After many years and a lot of practice, Xiao Qing finally achieved immortality. She went back to Xihu and vanquished the monk. Then she drained the lake, destroyed the Leifeng Pagoda and finally rescued Bai Niang Zi.

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