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  • The talented young herbalist named Xu Xian was in trouble.

  • It should have been a victorious moment

  • he had just opened his very own medicine shop.

  • But he bought his supplies from his former employer,

  • and the resentful man sold him rotten herbs.

  • As Xu Xian wondered what to do with this useless inventory,

  • patients flooded into his shop.

  • A plague had stricken the city,

  • and he had nothing to treat them.

  • Just as he was starting to panic,

  • his wife, Bai Su Zhen, produced a recipe to use the rotten herbs as medicine.

  • Her remedy cured all the plague-afflicted citizens immediately.

  • Xu Xian's former boss even had to buy back some of the rotten herbs

  • to treat his own family.

  • Shortly after, a monk named Fa Hai approached Xu Xian,

  • warning him that there was a demon in his house.

  • The demon, he said, was Bai Su Zhen.

  • Xu Xian laughed.

  • His kindhearted, resourceful wife was not a demon.

  • Fa Hai insisted.

  • He told Xu Xian to serve his wife realgar wine on the 5th day of the 5th month,

  • when demons' powers are weakest.

  • If she wasn't a demon, he explained, it wouldn't hurt her.

  • Xu Xian dismissed the monk politely,

  • with no intention of serving Bai Su Zhen the wine.

  • But as the day approached, he decided to try it.

  • As soon as the wine touched Bai Su Zhen's lips,

  • she ran to the bedroom, claiming she wasn't feeling well.

  • Xu Xian prepared some medicine and went to check on her.

  • But instead of his wife,

  • he found a giant white serpent with a bloody forked tongue in the bed.

  • He collapsed, killed by the shock.

  • When Bai Su Zhen opened her eyes,

  • she realized immediately what must have happened.

  • The truth was that Bai Su Zhen was an immortal snake

  • with formidable magical powers.

  • She had used her powers to take a human form

  • and improve her and her husband's fortunes.

  • Her magic couldn't revive Xu Xian,

  • but she had one more idea to save him:

  • an herb that could grant longevity and even bring the dead back to life,

  • guarded by the Old Man of the South Pole

  • in the forbidden peaks of the Kun Lun Mountains.

  • She rode to the mountains on a cloud,

  • then continued on foot passed gateways and arches

  • until she reached one markedbeyond mortals

  • hanging over a silver bridge.

  • On the other side,

  • two of the Old Man's disciples guarded the herb.

  • Bai Su Zhen disguised herself as a monk

  • and told them she'd come to invite the Old Man to a gathering of the gods.

  • While they relayed her message,

  • she plucked some leaves from the herb and ran.

  • The servants realized they had been tricked and chased her.

  • Bai Su Zhen coughed up a magic ball and threw it at one.

  • As the other closed in on her,

  • she put the herb under her tongue for safekeeping,

  • but its magic forced both of them into their true forms.

  • As the crane's long beak clamped around her,

  • the Old Man appeared.

  • Why, he asked, would she risk her life to steal his herb

  • when she was already immortal?

  • Bai Su Zhen explained her love for Xu Xian.

  • Even if he didn't want to be with her now that he knew she was a demon,

  • she was determined to bring him back to life.

  • The two had a karmic connection dating back more than a thousand years.

  • When Bai Su Zhen was a small snake,

  • a beggar was about to kill her,

  • but a kind passerby rescued her.

  • Her rescuer was Xu Xian in a past life.

  • Touched by her willingness to risk her life for him,

  • the Old Man permitted her to leave the mountain with the immortal herb.

  • Bai Su Zhen returned home to revive Xu Xian.

  • When he opened his eyes,

  • the terrified look frozen on his face became a smile.

  • Demon or not,

  • he was still happy to see his wife.

The talented young herbalist named Xu Xian was in trouble.


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不滅の白蛇の中国神話-周南天 (The Chinese myth of the immortal white snake - Shunan Teng)

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    Pei-Yi Lin に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日