Dragons are winged beings portrayed in the ancient mythologies of most cultures around the world. The legends of dragons tie in with mythologies of winged gods from the heavens who came to Earth to create the human race. Dragons are very important symbols in many cultures today.
Dragon and serpent worship developed in early Egyptian times. The message gradually spread to Babylon, India, the Orient, the Pacific Islands, and finally the North American continent. Dragon worship reached its peak during the days of the Roman empire.
The Japanese dragon legend is very similar to the Chinese dragon. The Japanese believe that the dragon originated in Japan. Japanese dragons have only 3 toes. They believe that the dragon has a tendency to travel and the farther it travels, the more toes it grows. The farther it dravels, the more toes it grows until it can no longer walk.
The Korean dragon legend is similar to the Japanese story of the dragon. They believe that the dragon began in Korea and has always had 4 toes. When the Korean dragon travels East or North, it loses toes. When it travels South or West it gains toes.
The Western dragon appears to be created from parts of various creatures, having eagle's feet and wings, lion's forelimbs and head, fish's scales, antelope's horns and a serpentine form of trunk and tail. The western dragon is supposedly the enemy of the sun and the moon, both in Eastern and Western mythology, and is believed to be responsible for eclipses. Eclipses occur when the dragon is attempting to swallow either the sun or the moon.
In Armenian traditions, the fire and lightning god had powers to stay the dragon's control of the heavens, as could thunderbolts in Macedonian myth. Dragons were believed to be the guardians of treasures in burial chambers.
In Greek legends, the dragon fought with the Titans and attacked Athena, who flung him into the heavens, where he became a constellation around the Pole Star.
In parts of Africa the dragon was considered an evil power, the monster was believed to be the result of an unnatural union of an eagle and a she-wolf.
In Scandinavian literature, Beowulf, a great Scandinavian warrior of the sixth century, was slain by a dragon.
The story of Beowulf, written in the 10th century A.D, exists in only one manuscript.
Chinese Dragons symbolize the Chinese people. Chinese people may refer to themselves "Lung Tik Chuan Ren" which means Descendents of the Dragon. Dragons are considered to be divine mythical creatures that bring ultimate abundance, prosperity and good fortune.
Dragon personality Traits:
There are nine types of Chinese dragons.
There are also nine ways the Chinese have traditionally represented these dragons, revealing the different dragon characteristics.
Dragon images appear on:
The colors of Chinese dragons are variable, except in the case of the chiao which has its back striped with green, its sides yellow, and its belly crimson colored.
The nine major characteristics of a lung type dragon include:
It also has a pair of large canine teeth in its upper jaw. The long, tendril-like whiskers extending from either side of its mouth are probably used for feeling its way along the bottom of muddy ponds.
Dragon colors vary from greenish to golden, with a series of alternating short and long spines extending down the back and along the tail.
Some dragons are said to begin life as Carp fish that successfully jump rapids and leap over waterfalls, change into fish-dragons. One popular saying, "The carp has leaped through the dragon's gate," means success.