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The White Snake (Baishe zhuan ???) This is a very popular tale from the area of Hangzhou at least from the Five Dynasties Period. The White Snake Bai Suzhen ??? is very curious about the human life and transforms herself into a beautiful girl. She meets the young scholar Xu Xian ?? , and they fall in love. During the Dragon Boat Festival, Bai Suzhen drinks wine as retakes her original shape. Xu Xian is deeply frightened and dies. But with the help of a herb, Bai Suzhen reawakens him to life. Xu Xian seeks the help of a Buddhist monk named Fahai ???? . But Fahai fights against the White Snake Bai Suzhen and buries her beneath a pagoda. Only Xu Xian's son is able to free his mother from beneath the pagoda. The bad monk is transformed in a crab - the origin of the crabs in Hangzhou's West Lake.
Pai Niangtzu Yung Chen Lei Feng ta/ White Snake Imprisoned in the Thunder Peak Pagoda.
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