183 Beijing Operas - Wei Tuo - Number 269
Beijing Opera - "The Cloud Bowl"
Wei Tuo with a golden fairy face has a role in the opera "The Cloud Bowl."
adapted from "The Legend of Leifeng Pagoda." A white snake and a green snake,
tired of practicing meditation on the Emei Mountains, transform themselves into
two girls called Suzhen ("White Maid") and Xiao Qing. They go to beautiful West
Lake in Hangzhou and there they meet a young man called Xu Xian. Bai Suzhen and
Xu Xian fall in love and are married. They take up residence at the home of
Xu Xian's brother-in-law, where Bai gives birth to a child. Their happiness,
however, is cut short by Fahai, a wicked abbot of the Jinshan Temple, who comes
along with Wei Tuo, a supernatural guardian of the Buddhist law. They insist
that the couple's hour of parting has come and what fate has ordained cannot be
reversed. They clasp Bai Suzhen in a magic alms bowl and imprisons her under
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