BEAUTY OF THE AGES

Chinese legend and opera tells us of the White Snake Goddess who looked down from the heavens and saw a mortal man who won her love with his strength and beauty. She convinced the other gods that she should go to earth and meet the man in mortal form. The gods allowed her to do so. She became so taken by this man that she begged for permission to remain on earth as his wife. The gods, sensing that her love was so strong, gave her permission to remain on earth in mortal form. The two wed and were very happy and blessed with two beautiful children. However, their happiness was shattered when the husband became gravely ill and near death. The beautiful young goddess begged the gods for a cure. They offered her a choice: If she would return to the heavens as the spirit of the White Snake, they would let her husband live. The White Snake Goddess was heart-broken but decided to return to the heavens so that her husband could live. She did and he miraculously recovered. But the pain of their parting created such storms in the heavens, and the White Snake Goddess' tears so flooded the land, that the gods relented and allowed her to return to earth in her mortal form. Caroline Young has captured the dazzling beauty of the White Snake Goddess as she first arrives on earth in human form, charming even the koi fish in the pond.

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