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Cita O'Brien

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What is a dragon? A dragon is a mythical creature that is most of the time represented as a gigantic reptile, and has claws, a serpent tail, wings, and scaly skin. The History of Dragons Dragons have a long history in human mythology. No one exactly knows how the myth started. Some legends say dragons descended from fish. There are some myths that may have been inspired by living reptiles, some bones that were said to be dragon bones, were actually long extinct dinosaurs, and other fossils of mammals. In the 19th century, scientists discovered a new kind of creature. It had gone extinct millions of years before the first humans. Paleontologists assumed they had found giant lizards. These lizards did not co coexist with humans. Some claim that medieval dragons were really just dinosaurs that survived into modern times, but people who think that, have no support from any reliable scientists. Dragon Legends The Khimaira (or Chimera)
The Drakon Kholkikos (or The Colchian Dragon)
Ketos Aithiopios (or Ethiopian Cetus)
Drakon Hesperios (or Ladon)
The Drakon Ismenios (or Ismenian Dragon)
The Drakones of Medea
The Trojan Dragon (or The Ketos Troias)
The Legend of the Lambton Worm
The Legend of Ryu
The Four Dragons The Legend of the Chinese Dragon The Chinese New Year Dragon stands for guardian ship and vigilance. It stands for the Chinese race itself. Its not a fierce, evil, fire breathing beast. It is a gentle loving creature. In ancient times the dragon was a sacred animal. A lot of people mistake the Chinese Dragon symbol of being evil. People confuse this mythology with the mythology from the west. Instead of being hated, they are loved and worshiped. The Chinese Dragon is the complete opposite. It has nine characteristics. Its head is like a camels, it has horns like a deers, its eyes are like a hare's, its ears are like a bulls, its eyes are like a hare's, its ears are like a bull, its neck is like an iguana's, its belly is like a frog's, its scales are like a carp, its paws are a tiger's, and its claws are like an eagles. The dragon likes to eat sparrows and swallows. The Chinese call the dragon "lung". The dragons personality traits are self confident, strong, and independent. The dragon symbol in the Chinese Zodiac is one of the greatest and strongest signs. The Dragons of the West European dragons are legendary creatures in folklore and mythology. In European folklore and mythology the dragons are lizard/reptilian like kind of creatures which have bat like wings, a forked snake like tongue, and can often breath fire. In Western/European folklore the dragons are usually known to be evil, whereas the Asian dragons are gentile and harmless creatures. The dragons are said to be found in an under ground lair. They often times capture fair maidens, steal gold, and destroy villages. Western dragons are often times a symbol of Satan. They are usually the color red which is another symbol of Satan or Hell. A good example of a Western/European stereo typical dragon is Smaug from "The Hobbit" written by J.R.R. Tolkien. Smaug is a red, fire breathing, evil dragon that destroyed the city of Dale, and stole the dwarf king, Thror's gold and sleeps in the gold, until awoken. Dragon Facts The most commonly known dragons, are the dragons from Europe, which are the Western dragons that are evil, and can breath fire. The most popular kinds of dragons are the fire breathing dragon, and the water or ice dragon. The fire breathing dragons are known to have a short temper, and sometimes evil. The water/ice dragons are known to have a better temper and be more calm and more kind. Japanese Dragons Japanese dragons are very similar to the Chinese. However the are more serpent like, and they only have three claws on each foot. The reason why the Japaneses dragon only has three toes is because the Japanese believe Eastern dragons originated in they're homeland of Japan, and when they traveled to different lands they gained more toes. Which would explain why other Eastern dragons have more toes than the Japanese dragon. There are nine types of dragon in the Japanese culture. In Chinese there are only three. Japanese culture is mostly related to the element on earth. Japanese dragons usually are somehow associated with the sea, unlike the Chinese which is more associated with rain. Japan is less vulnerable to drought weather so they do not rely on the dragon to bring rain. The most well known dragon legend is the legend of Ryu. Ryu is a dragon of the sea and he summons a storm that turns into a tornado. The tornado's name is "Tatsu-Maki" In Japanese "Tatsu" means dragon, and "Maki" means roll. The Japanese dragon represents the obsticals people face throughout life, and they must be overcome, and you have to keep moving forward. The 4 Dragons: A Chinese Tale Once, a long time ago, in ancient China, where there were no river or lakes, but only the Eastern Sea there were four dragons. The Long Dragon, the Black Dragon, the Yellow Dragon, and the Pearl Dragon. One day the dragons were flying about, and playing hide and seek in the clouds. The then noticed a village. It looked sad and gloomy and dead. They saw some people praying. They were praying for water. The village hadn't had water for months. The crops were dead, and there was no grass or flowers, nor trees. The four dragons knew something must be done about it. They all decided to go to the the Jade Emperor. They went to him and told him something must be done because eventually the people will die of thirst and hunger. The Emperor said that if they leave and go back to the clouds, he would give the village rain the next morning. The dragons agreed and went back to the clouds. The next morning the four dragons were excited and quickly flew to the village to see the rain, but when they got there, there was no rain at all. The Emperor had not kept his promise. The dragons sadly went back to the clouds. If the Emperor wouldn't do anything then who would? The four dragons got an idea. They quickly flew to the sea, sucking up the water into the mouths then flying over the village and spitting it out, on the dead crops, and plants, and trees and everything started coming back to life. The people in the village cheered. The god of the sea heard about this, and told the Jade Emperor. The Emperor was enraged, and he sent out troops to hunt down the dragons. The troops set out, and found the dragons, the dragons fled, but the troops caught up. The dragons had no other option. They were trapped. They wanted to be loyal and create peace, so they decided to turn themselves into rivers. They were China's four great rivers. The Heilongjian, who was the Black Dragon, The Huanghe who was the Yellow Dragon, the Changjiange who was the Long Dragon, and the Zhujiange who was the Pearl Dragon. The Legend of the Lambton Worm In Northeastern part of England there is a legend from medieval times, of a worm that terrorized the land. A worm(or wyrm) in England means dragon. There was once a young man named John Lambton. John was a very rebellious young man. One day he decided to go fishing on a Sunday morning. If he went fishing on a Sunday morning, that would mean he would miss out on Church, but that wasn't stopping him from going fishing. John walked out of his house with his fishing pole, and a smile on his face. A mysterious old man stopped him, and told his that there is never any good coming out of not going to church. John ignored the old man's warning, and walked down to the river. When he got to the river he was rather unlucky, he caught nothing. John was about to walk back home in disappointment, when all of a sudden he got a bite. He started to real it in. It was super heavy, and John thought of how proud his dad would be if he brought home a big fish. He gave it one final tug, and out of nowhere, a giant serpent like creature pops out of the river. It was so large, and it had sharp teeth, and nine holes on each side of its head. John didn't know what to do. The creature was hissing at him. It started to charge him. John ran as fast as he could back to the village. The old man had been right. The worm came toward him, and started terrorizing the village. John had no other choice but to go the witch that lived near by. He told the witch everything, and asked her how he could kill that worm. The witch said that the worm was very evil and was sent by Satan from the depths of Hell. John was the only one that could kill it, but there was a catch. After he stabs the beast he must kill the first loved one he sees, otherwise his family will be cursed for eternity. John sadly walked out of the witches house, and to the village. He grabbed a sword and went after the beast. The worm stopped terrorizing the village, and looked directly at him. It hissed and charged him once again. John charged the beast too, and stabbed it right in the heart. The worm shrieked, and fell to the ground dead. John went home to see his father smiling at him. John pointed the sword to his father and closed his eyes. Tears streamed down his face. He stood there for about twenty seconds and dropped the sword. The sword clinked against the ground. He couldn't do it. John hugged his father apologizing for all the mistakes he had made. His father accepted his apology. John lived on with his father cursed, but happy. Where are Dragons in the World? Today, dragons are everywhere. Many animals today are related to dragons, or may have inspired some myths or legends. Even in some legends they say that dragons have the paws of a tiger, or the wings of a bat, or a body of a bird, or a snake. I think the dragon is a symbol of all the animals put into one creature. I also think they represent the world, and all of it's life. Every dragon is different just like the people, or life in this world. Bibliography www.strangescince.net
www.thefreedictionary.com The End
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