More than words

Myths behind 5 Asian languages & their scripts

by Liani MK

How are we sure that a four-eyed historian invented written characters from tortoise shells? Origin stories are often dismissed as mere myths. But we forget that meaning can be milked from these myths to better understand the human experience.

We explore some languages in Asia to uncover how stories and ideas about language have translated various communities’ aspirations and desires into the written word.

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Liani MK / Freelance Writer

Liani is a freelance writer/scriptwriter whose works span areas of culture, history and language. When she is not wrestling with words, she enjoys wandering into nature, and the equally hypnotic worlds of art, film, gamelan and capoeira.

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