In Japan, a new character has gone viral amid the coronavirus pandemic. Its name is Amabie, and it’s a mythical creature said to repel plagues and sicknesses.
Amabie — “a beak-nosed, long-locked mythical mermaid monster,” according to AFP — has become a mascot for heroes amid the coronavirus pandemic. People have pushed for Amabie to help end the virus using social media channels.
According to CNET, the creature is a humanoid fish “yokai” — which means “demon” or “spirit.”
VIDEO: In hopes it will dispel the coronavirus pandemic, a sea lion at an aquarium park in Yokohama draws 'Amabie', a long-haired, beak-nosed mythical monster that is believed to repel plagues pic.twitter.com/pNsFsiORYm— AFP news agency (@AFP) May 15, 2020
The creature — which AFP identifies as a female — has roots in ancient samurai history. Amabie reportedly appeared before the samurai in the southern Kumamoto prefecture and warned of the spread of an infectious virus.
Amabie told the samurai to draw a picture of her and show it people so that they would all be protected.
So began the “#Amabiechallenge.” People are now drawing the creature to help push the coronavirus away from the modern world.
In Japan, images of the mermaid-like creature, Amabie, are said to ward off viruses. So at Nakagori Elementary School in Kagoshima, an Amabie mascot painted a giant Amabie in the schoolyard. pic.twitter.com/CRxoJfEDf3— Mondo Mascots (@mondomascots) May 9, 2020
You have spotted the Amabie. RT to be safe from plague. https://t.co/NnSYqG6wF2— CNET (@CNET) May 12, 2020