Friday, January 26, 2018

Young Chinese artist brings ancient beasts to life

By Guo Ying

BEIJING--What did China's mythical beasts of 2,000 years ago look like? The recently published book "Mythic Beast" offers a glimpse. Illustrated by Shi Lin, a Chinese artist born in 1989, the book contains more than 30 pictures of ancient mythical beasts, such as the nine-tail fox as well as a horse-like animal with one sharp horn on its head and a dog-like nine-headed animal. Shi draws inspiration from the ancient Chinese classic "Shan Hai Jing" (Classic of Mountains and Seas), which dates back 2,200 years. Shan Hai Jing gives both a cultural and geographical account of China before the Qin Dynasty. It contains geography, folklore, rich legends and fairy tales. [More]