Madame White is a character who appears in several Chinese folktales. She’s a lovely woman who appears, accompanied by her pretty handmaid, to a handsome young man and convinces him to marry her.
From there, the legends diverge a bit. Some portray Madame White as an evil entity who kills one man every month by tearing out his heart and liver after being his lover.
But Madame White can also be genuinely in love with the man, and he with her.The end is the same, though… it turns out that Madame White was originally a white python, and her maid a blue fish (or green snake).
Depending on your version, the story is either a thrilling tale of the young man’s narrow escape when a Taoist priest identifies the snake demon and imprisons her with her maid in the Liefeng Pagoda, or, it’s a tragic story of love denied.
While you’re making up your mind, check out this YouTube Video of a Chinese TV series based on the legend.
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