In Japanese folklore, the Amabie was a mythical yokai, or spirit, usually spotted off the coast of Kumamoto that typically predicted a bountiful harvest season. Described as a mermaid-like creature with long hair, a beak, and three legs, the Amabie also advised: “If an epidemic occurs, draw a picture of me and show it to everyone.”
Despite its 19th century origin, the legend fits perfectly into today’s social-media paradigm. In response to the coronavirus crisis, recently artists and illustrators all over the world have been creating and posting their own versions of the Amabie in hopes of bringing about a cure for COVID-19. Their beautiful creations form a creative tapestry of hope for a world currently steeped in anxiety and fear.
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