Top 5 asian myths that people still believe in 2022
Whatever we believe is psychological that gets into our culture or tradition. These things are called traditional beliefs or cultural myths. There are so many Asian myths that are popular among people around the world. They practice those mythical stories as religious practice or entertainment. In Asian countries, grandparents share fairy tales and ghost stories with their grandchildren. Still, these myths are heard and the children get great fun with them. Mainly, these amazing tales are found among village grandma or grandpa.
Top 5 Asian Myths
1. Dragon (China)
Dragons were believed to be authentic in Chinese culture. This animal is only found in myths where it was mentioned that it could emit fire from its mouth. But scientifically there was a monster reptile which was called a dragon. This Asian myth had a psychological impact on Chinese people. So, they got interested in believing in this mythical creature. At a stage, it became very much popular in stories and tales among writers around the world.
2. Stinging Catfish (Bangladesh)
There are a lot of Asian myths based on Bangladesh. But the stinging catfish myth is the most popular one among them. It was believed that stinging fishes have become toxic by Checkered keelback. These snakes are also known as Asiatic water snakes (Dhora Snake). Once Dhora snake left its poison on water hyacinth. Suddenly the rain came and the poisons jumbled into the water. The stinging snakes ate these poisons and their stings are poisonous since then.
3. Ravan (India)
The 10-headed Ravan is a most popular myth in India. He was a devil (Rakshasa) in Hindu mythology. He was the king of Lanka and the enemy that is found in the epic of Ramayana. Once Ravan kidnapped Sita that made Rama (Husband of Sita) very angry. An aggressive war began between Ravan and Rama. At last, the demon Ravan got died and Rama rescued her wife. Hinduism still believes in this myth and they find it as a part of their religion.
4. Momotarō (Japan)
Momotaro was great Japanese folklore among Asian myths. It was believed that once Momotaro was sent on a journey to Onigashima. It was an island where demons used to live and threatened townspeople. The peace boy (Momotaro) went out to kill all the demons there. This fictional story was narrated in two different ways. In one story Momotaro was forced to kill the demons. In another, he willingly went out to kill all the enemies.
5. Gajah Mina (Srilanka)
Gajah Mina was a mythical creature imagined by Srilankans. This Asian myth is also believed in Indonesia and Malaysia. It’s a bit like a mermaid where it is imagined to be half fish and half elephant. In Srilankan mythology, this animal is thought to be a statue of God (Vagwan). They worship this mythical creature to get relief from sins. This monster used to live in the ocean. It used to kill other threatening animals in the sea to save voyagers.
This era is of science where myths are not getting priority in their research. Although Asian myths have much priority among writers and painters, it has not been approved by scientist. Psychologists believe that these cultural myths have developed among asians through their belief in spiritual things.