Friday, April 03, 2020

Amabie, a Japanese yokai for luck, but still wash your hands.

"A long-haired merperson with three scaly tails and a beak might not seem like someone you’d want in your corner, but there’s a good reason this mythological creature is gaining traction online.

The character, known as Amabie, is one of the yōkai—a class of spirits first popularized in Japanese folklore during the Edo period. According to legend, seeing and distributing Amabie’s image can keep infectious disease away. It stands to reason, then, that artists around the world are now sharing their interpretations of the classic creature on social media."

 From Smart News, Smithsonian Magazine. Read the article here.





Scanned pencils, digital finishes.



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