赵宏本、钱笑呆 - 《孙悟空三打白骨精》 连环画本
"Sun Wukong defeating the Lady White Bone" Lianhuanhua (Gongbi Art) by Zhao Hongben and Qian Xiaodai
*Lady White Bone, Baigujing (Chinese: 白骨精; pinyin: Báigǔjīng) is a yaoguai from the novel “Journey to the West”. The name is translated into English as White Bone Spirit in the William John Francis Jenner translation. Bai Gu Jing is a shapeshifting demoness, and in her true form she is depicted as a skeleton.
*This is the story for the Lianhuanhua and it’s slightly different from the original novel.
Lady White Bone was a demon who desired to eat the flesh of Xuanzang (the Monk, Wukong’s master. It’s said that whoever eat his flesh will have eternal life and power which needs 1000 years for a demon to practice). She disguised herself as a village girl and offered him and his disciples poisonous fruits. Due to her strong powers, no one could detect that she was a yaoguai except Sun Wukong. He hit her with his staff, seemingly killing her. Sun Wukong tried to explain to everyone what she was but they didn’t believe him. Xuanzang believed she was an innocent girl and buried her. Having survived the attack, she dug under ground to recover. She returned a second time disguised as an elderly woman. She lies to the group, causing them to believe that the village girl from earlier was her daughter. Sun Wukong sees through her disguise once again and kills her. The group is angered at Sun Wukong and continues to not believe him. She returns a third time as an elderly man who lies about having a daughter and wife. The group immediately felt guilty as they believed they are the two women Sun Wukong had slain. Xuanzang gets angry at Sun Wukong for his reckless slaying. He cuts his ties with Sun Wukong and sends him away.
Hurt by his master’s words, Sun Wukong leaves and returns to Water Curtain Cave. In his absence, Xuanzang gets caught by Lady White Bone that Zhu Bajie (the pig) and Sha Wujing could not defeat. Only Zhu Bajie escapes, and he invites Sun Wukong back to save Xuanzang. Lady White Bone is defeated and turns back to her skeleton form.