The Science of Asia’s Myths and Monsters


If you were told that mermaids are real, would you believe it? Most myths and legends are rooted in reality, or reflect xtruths about societies. But as stories were passed from person to person, they developed out-of-this-world status.
Scroll over each icon to see how fact was transformed into fantasy for some of Asia’s famous mythical creatures.

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Naomi Clark-Shen / Writer

Naomi was a data journalist at Kontinentalist. She is a marine scientist who has commitment issues so works on a variety of projects. In her free time, she likes to be in the ocean, in the mountains, or in the wrestling ring.

Co-writing / Amanda Teo
Illustration / Joceline Kuswanto
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