History & Culture / Asia Wide

The Science of Asia’s Myths and Monsters

by Naomi Clark-Shen

If you were told that mermaids are real, would you believe it? Most myths and legends are rooted in reality, or reflect truths 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.

This story was co-written with Amanda Teo.

This story features audio. Headphones recommended.

Topics:

  • animals,
  • ghosts,
  • legends,
  • mythology

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