Lady White Snake
Madame White Snake • Madam White Snake •
Bai She Chuan • Bai She Zhuan • 白蛇传白蛇傳
Madame Serpent BlancWeiße Schlange

Lady White Snake -- The Battle
Illustration by Song Nan Zhang, from Lady White Snake


The old tales of China tell us that all things may grow and change. A stone may become a plant. A plant may become an animal. An animal may become a human. A human may become a god.

Just so, a snake may become a woman. And we are told of one who did.

Who can say for sure how it began? Yet after centuries of ceaseless effort—meditating, disciplining herself, mastering the energies of the universe—this white snake took human form. Immortal now and with great powers, she longed for one thing more.

Human love.

—From Lady White Snake, retold by Aaron Shepard


Links

Lady White Snake
About the Picture Book by Aaron Shepard and Song Nan Zhang

Lady White Snake: A Tale From Chinese Opera
Retelling by Aaron Shepard

About the Story
Notes by Aaron Shepard

About Chinese Opera
Notes by Aaron Shepard

Legend of the White Snake
Wikipedia Article

Poster: Lady White, and Blue
Art by Song Nan Zhang (PDF)

Poster: The Battle
Art by Song Nan Zhang (PDF)

The Legend of the White Snake
Featuring Yangliuqing Woodcut Paintings

Photo Gallery: West Lake
Selection by Aaron Shepard

A Lady White Snake Bookshelf
Resource List by Aaron Shepard

Films About Lady White Snake
Survey Article by Paghat the Ratgirl

Madame White Snake
About the Western Opera


Beijing opera artist Yang Yang as Lady White Snake
Beijing opera artist Yang Yang as Lady White Snake. Posted by permission.