Hail Shapes! Singapore 8-year-olds get Satanic lesson in Chinese

A bloody pentagram was used to reference ‘shapes’ in a Primary 2 Chinese textbook. Photo: Themoltenbeacon/Reddit
A bloody pentagram was used to reference ‘shapes’ in a Primary 2 Chinese textbook. Photo: Themoltenbeacon/Reddit

Update: Singapore publisher to recall Chinese books with pentagram

Of all the possible shapes they could have used, one textbook designer settled on a bloody pentagram to teach primary school students Mandarin.

An alarmed Redditor today highlighted the blood-splattered pentagram used to represent “shapes” in a Primary 2 Chinese text meant for 8-year-olds.

“Didn’t know Satanist symbols were part of learning Chinese for primary school students,” Themoltenbeacon wrote. 

The symbol appeared alongside words such as a “triangle” and “scotch tape,” for which more accurate visuals were used.

Coconuts have reached out to local publisher Marlinsons for comment.

The textbook said it was “based on [Ministry of Education] syllabus” and suitable for students learning advanced and normal Chinese. 

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