How are dragons represented in your culture
Webster's Dictionary: drag.on \ 'drag-en \ n dracon-, draco snake, dragon, [from the Greek drakon; similar to the old English word torht, radiant, and from the Greek derkesthai to see, to see] 1: ancient: a giant snake 2: a mythical creature, usually represented as a monstrous, winged and scaled snake or dinosaur with a crest on its head and enormous claws.
Tormont's illustrated encyclopedia: drag'en n. 1. a. A mythical monster, usually depicted as a giant reptile that breathes fire, has lion's claws, a snake's tail, wings, and scaly skin. b. A figure or representation of that creature. 2. Ancient. A large snake or lizard [Middle English drago (u) n, from the old French dragon, from the Latin Draco (stem dracon-), dragon, snake, from the Greek dracon, snake]
FEATURES: Strong, long body, scaly skin, four strong legs, two bat-like wings, wedge-shaped head and long neck. They are usually shown breathing fire. Some broods of this species have been known to be able to change their shape, others have the ability to adapt their skin color to their surroundings like a chameleon. In some depictions they have a spade-shaped or spiked tail. They only eat a sheep or an ox or even a human once a month (the myths say they prefer virgins). The coloring of the scales can be monochrome or multicolored, depending on which brood the dragon comes from. See the Physiology page for more information.
HISTORY: When most people speak of "kite" they usually mean the western kite. Western dragons are mostly characterized as evil, mean, and bloodthirsty. They are also known to hide a great mountain of gold and jewels in their caves. The most famous dragons are mostly Western dragons: Sanct. Georg and the Dragon, Beowulf and the Dragon, and Draco from the movie DragonHeart. In some stories of the Christian church, the dragon is depicted as a symbol for the devil. Other stories and legends tell that if you eat the heart of a dragon you will be able to understand the language of birds. On the other hand, if you eat the dragon's tongue, you can convince anyone with arguments. The dragon's blood, when applied to the skin, protects against stab wounds. Another myth makes Vlad Drakul the son of the dragon or the devil. The end of the dragons came with Christianity and the knights eager to prove their faith. The knights quickly found that dragon hunting could be very profitable. Soon the dragons were almost wiped out all over the world in a very short time. The Vikings shaped the prows of their ships like dragon heads. They believed that the dragons on the ships would give warriors more courage and skill in battle. Even today, the Welsh flag has a red dragon on a green / white background, and the red dragon is its national symbol.
FEATURES: These three types of dragons look very similar but come from different parts of the world. They all have a coiled serpentine body and four legs, they usually do not spit fire, they are usually shown without wings, unless they are illustrated as full-fledged imperial dragons with wings. It is said that dragons are made up of many different types of animals on earth: the body of a snake, the scales of carp (fish), the head of a camel, with the horns of a giant deer (deer), the eyes of one Hares (rabbits), ears like a bull, a neck like an iguana, erectile tissue like a frog, paws like a tiger and claws like an eagle. Mostly they are depicted with a lion's mane on the neck, chin and elbows. They have two antler-shaped horns that adorn their long head and two long "antennae" whiskers that grow out of their muzzle. Eastern dragons have 117 scales, 81 filled with yang, the good, and 36 filled with yin, the bad. This balances the kite's mood and personality.
There are three families of Eastern dragons: 3-toed, 4-toed, and 5-toed. Three-toed dragons are from Japan. Four-toed dragons come from Indonesia or Korea. Five-toed dragons come from China. They are available in blue, black, white, red or yellow. Oriental dragons are usually depicted with a pearl in their mouth, under their chin or in their claws. This is obviously the source of the dragon's power and what it can use to ascend to heaven. Chinese dragons prefer fried swallows.
HISTORY: In China the dragons are called lung. There are four main types of lung: Tien-lung , The heavenly dragon: he protects the realm of the gods, Shen Lung, The spiritual dragon: he rules the wind and the rain, Ti-Lung , the earthly dragon: he controls the rivers and the water of the earth, and Fut's-Lung , the underworld dragon: he guards valuable metals and precious stones. Different dragons rule the rivers of the north, south, east and west. The commander of all river dragons is the great one Chien-Tang, its scales are blood red, it has a fiery mane, and is 900 feet (about 275 meters) long.
Eastern dragons are portrayed as good, kind, and intelligent. Oriental dragons have the most fully recorded history in the world, especially in China. There you can trace history back thousands of years. In the past they had a strong relationship with the weather. It is claimed that some of the worst flooding in Asia's history was caused by a mortal pissing off a dragon. In Chinese history, the 5-toed dragon is the symbol of power and is therefore regarded as the "imperial dragon". Long ago it was a law in China that a five-toed dragon could only be depicted on clothing or other items owned by the emperor. It was mostly a yellow dragon, which was considered the most powerful of the dragons. If anyone other than the emperor was caught wearing the symbol of the five-toed dragon, he was sentenced to death.
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Dragons in ancient China
FEATURES: Very small dragons only 1'-5 'long, of any color, with large eyes, and large butterfly wings. These dragons are vegetarian. As such, they only eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, and so on.
HISTORY: These are the rarest of all dragons, as only a few specimens have been reported so far. Some myths could have originated from giant butterflies that are found all over the world. It is said in legends that these dragons sometimes carry fairies from town to town. Few have been seen since then and there is almost no history of this type of dragon.
FEATURES: These are dragons that have two wings, but only two legs. Sometimes they are depicted with claws on their wings that can be used like another pair of hands. Wyverns are sometimes said to have razor-sharp spikes on the end of their tails that are filled with venom.
HISTORY: The stories about wyverns seem to come from Europe. The past of this type of dragon is not entirely clear. It seems that it got mixed up with the story of the 4-legged dragons. Wyvern's have been depicted on coats of arms or banners over the centuries and were considered a symbol of strength for those who wore them. One of the most famous wyverns is Vermithrax from the movie DragonSlayer.
FEATURES: These are dragons with multiple necks and heads. Depending on, either with or without wings or legs.
HISTORY: In Greek mythology, Hercules fought a giant hydra with 8 heads (some stories speak of 6 to 9 heads). Every time he managed to cut off a head with his sword, two new ones grew back. He finally found that if he burned the area with a torch, no head would grow. This is how Hercules freed the world from this mighty hydra. In another story from Greek mythology, Jason killed a hydra to get the golden fleece.
FEATURES: These dragons have four legs and two wings. The skin is soft and leathery, but without scales. The dragon's eyes are linked and faceted like those of insects. The eyes can change color depending on the dragon's mood. They have telepathic connections with other dragons or their rider. Pernese dragons can also teleport into the "in between" (a kind of void) in order to escape danger. Golden and green dragons are female. Bronze, brown, and blues are masculine. You can spit fire by swallowing a certain type of combustible rock known as flint beforehand.
HISTORY: The settlers of Pern (a world drawn from the stories of Anne McCaffrey) bred these giant dragons from their little cousins, the fire lizards. Pernese dragons and their riders have a lifelong relationship that begins with the first impression. That's when the dragon hatches and chooses its human partner. If the human partner dies without the dragon, the dragon will immediately follow him to death. When the dragon dies, humans usually get weaker and weaker until they die too.
FEATURES: This is a type of western dragon that has legs but no wings. There are two types of Drakes: Fire and Cold Drakes. FireDrakes have flame breath and are usually reddish in color. KälteDrakes have a snow and hail breath and are usually white or light blue in color. This species of kite cannot fly, they look like large lizards from 4 'to 40' in length.
HISTORY: These dragons are believed to have had contact with Western dragons in the past, but there is no solid evidence to support these claims. Young West Dragons are sometimes mistaken for Drakes because they do not have wings until they are mature. There are a few cities in Europe named after these dragons: Drakeford, Drakeshill, etc.
FEATURES: These are dragons that only have wings.
HISTORY: The most famous amphiptere is (kwet-zah-coat-al), the winged and feathered snake god from Mexican history. Scientists suspect that the Quetzalcoatl myth began with a bird, the quetzal. This bright green bird has tail feathers that are more than two feet long, which gives the impression of a flying, shimmering snake in flight.
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FEATURES: These are dragons that have neither legs nor wings; it could also be a very old type of dragon. Also known as Guivre (Gy-veer).
HISTORY: It appears that these dragons come from England and are said to live in woods or wells. They prefer places near the water. There are many known worms in England's history, the most famous being the Lambton worm. The story is about an heir to Lambton Hall in England who caught a small worm but found it too ugly to eat so he tossed it into the local well. Over the years, the worm grew to an enormous size and left the well to harass the residents. When Lambton returned from a war, he saw the horror he had created. A witch told him that after he killed the worm, he would also have to kill the next living thing he would see. He killed the worm, but unfortunately the next living thing he saw was his own father, whom he couldn't kill. It is said that the Lambton family was cursed and, over the next nine generations, all family members died abroad and no one at home.
FEATURES: These are dragons that have two legs and no wings. They usually have very long tails and short legs.
HISTORY: The lindworms were apparently discovered by Marco Polo when he was crossing Central Asia. He described them as: "Smarter than they look. They find it easy to hit a man from a galloping horse." This type of dragon (as well as the oroboros) are sometimes referred to as "prima materia" in the first stage of the alchistic process.
FEATURES: These are dragons that live in salt or fresh water.
HISTORY: As soon as people started to travel the seas in boats, the sea snakes appeared in the stories. Early on in European history, these creatures were drawn on the unfamiliar areas on the maps with the note "HERE ARE DRAGONS". Some scientists believe that these sea snakes were actually giant octopuses, large groups of sea calves, or even dinosaurs that survived in the ocean. The basilosaurus had a very long body and short neck, and its mouth was full of long, sharp teeth. If he had emerged from the water near a boat, he might well have been mistaken for a sea serpent. "Nessie", the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland, is a very well-known "sea snake".
FEATURES: This is a dragon that has its own tail in its mouth.
HISTORY: First discovered in Egypt and then later in Greece, it is the symbol of the universe. It has sometimes been suggested that it is also the symbol for "eternity" or "infinite". The name Ouroboros means "tail eater".
A similar dragon is its Norse cousin, the Midgard Serpent, whose powerful body coils around the world. It is also said of him that he bites his tail when he is not trying to bite the Norse god Thor, who may even be killed by the gigantic dragon.
You can find more information about the Ouroboros here or here.
FEATURES: This dragon has two heads, one on the front of the body and one on the tip of the tail. If he bites into the neck with the front of the head, the back of the head, he can roll around like a tire. He is usually depicted with a scaly body, feathery wings, and chicken legs. His name means: "One who goes in both directions".
HISTORY: This dragon comes from Africa. Stories tell that when a female Amphisbaena is guarding her eggs, she can always keep a head awake. Nowadays there is a lizard named after the dragon whose pattern on the tail looks like a head. When threatened, it will straighten its tail and dance back and forth to confuse the attacker.
FEATURES: These are pseudo-dragons, most often depicted as people with the abdomen of a snake and without wings.
HISTORY: The story of these creatures seems to come from India, where the Nagas worked with the gods. Nagas were the patron saints of water and clouds, but they could also bring floods or periods of drought if disturbed. In some stories, the Nagas can even change their form from purely human to purely serpentine. It was said that their race was magically very gifted and taught everyone who showed genuine interest. You can find more information here: Nagas or Naga: The Snake
Dragons have been around in mythology and legends for thousands of years. Almost every country in the world has a story about dragons. So where do they really come from? Are there people who have really SEEN a kite? Did a strange coincidence really wander a few dinosaurs across the earth a few thousand years ago? Were the dragons observed even lizards with membranes that allowed them to glide through the air, like the Kuehneosaurus, or even flying dinosaurs like the Archeopteryx or pterosaurs?
Maybe, but these are questions that no one can answer for sure. There will always be dragons on earth, we even have real dragons here! On the one hand there is the lizard genus draco. There are two "dragon" lizards. The water dragons, and the Komodo dragons. The water dragon is a well-known small species of lizard that is often kept as a pet. The Komodo dragon (only known since 1912!) Is the largest known species of lizard. It reaches a length of 10 feet (about 3 meters) and a weight of 150 pounds (about 70 kg). The bright yellow tongue could be interpreted as a flame and its brutal nature scares off everyone.
On the other hand, there are a few special "dragons" like the dragonfly and the snapdragon. The dragonfly (dragonfly) could have been mistaken for a small flying dragon in the past, although the dragonflies were as big as seagulls in the Jurassic period. The Snapdragon flower looks like a red mouth with a yellow throat, which is probably where this flower got its name.People even named a constellation Draco, as the stars form the outline of a dragon.
So why dragons? Is it her powerful appearance? Are they watching us without our being able to see them? Some people believe that. But even if a dragon wants to show itself, it will only reveal itself to someone who REALLY believes in them. Dragon stories and myths have emerged over the millennia, so nothing will change anytime soon. It is almost certain that more myths and legends of these fascinating creatures will fill the minds of our children as well as those of adults and artists will continue to draw, paint and create dragons in all shapes as long as their imagination takes them into the realm of dragons .
There are dragons here! I hope this study has opened your eyes to what dragons are, or can be. We also hope that we could encourage you to write a kite story, paint a kite picture or create your own kite website.
, a fascinating look at the life cycle of a western dragon. Written by Jennifer Walker, write to you about how to get this study.
In preparation, The Life of an Eastern Dragon.
History of dragons around the world
Physiology Of A Dragon
How do YOU say Dragon?
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