The Chinese myth of the immortal white snake - Shunan Teng
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1.A short story by Feng Meng Long (1574–1646) in Ming Dynasty2.A version by playwright Fang Chengpei (1713 - ?) in Qing Dynasty3.A novel by Meng Hua Guan Zhu (penname, real name Jiang Yin Xiang) at the end of Qing Dynasty (around 1911)
Both the details and the length of the story vary. Some are only a few thousand words vs. some are long novels with 64 chapters.
For a great overview of the story and its cultural significance, check out this website.
For a passionate storytelling and illustration of the tale, make sure to visit this page.
The tale is an inspiration to many traditional operas and modern day TV shows and films. While you’ll have to go to China for the piece performed in traditional operas, many TV and films are now accessible online. Notable ones are an extremely popular TV show by Taiwan Television in 1992 and a controversial film in 1993 by Tsui Hark.
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