History & Culture / Southeast Asia

More than words: myths behind 5 Asian languages & their scripts

by Liani Manta-Khaira

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.

Click on the icons on the map to learn more about the different languages!