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Dragons

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on 15 January 2014

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Dragons
By Katherine

Question Two
Are there some places that consider dragons as good or bad luck?
In China, dragons symbolize power, strength, and good luck. Only people who deserve and are worthy of it get the powers, though.
In Chinese dragons are thought to have power over rainfall, water, floods, and hurricanes.
In Korean mythology, dragons are viewed as kind and charitable beings. Dragons are often thought to bring rain and clouds.
In Western mythology and folklore, the dragon is typically envisioned as evil.
In Vietnam, dragons are said to bring rain to help crops to be plentiful. The dragon represents the emperor and brings power to the nation.
Fun Fact
The Vietnamese (like the Chinese) dragon is the yang symbol, which represents life, the universe, growth, and existence.
Yang
Question One
What are some popular types of dragons?

Through looking at different web sites and books, I found some types of dragons that appear to be well-known.
They are:
•Hydra
•Western Dragon
•Wyvrn or Wyvern
•Griffin (lion, eagle, dragon)
•Phoenix (fire, bird, dragon)
For a description on some of these dragons, go to my Glog on them.
http://horselover8.edu.glogster.com/dragons/
An awesome labeled diagram of a dragon.
Thanks Mackenzie!
Some of the next pictures are some dragons that I personally though looked cool.

(Mackenzie also brought some of them to my attention)

Bibliography
Internet October 2013 (Picture)
<http://eofdreams.com/photo/dragon/08/>
<http://0.tqn.com/d/taoism/1/0/0/-/-/-/yinYang.gif>
Internet November 2013 (Picture)
<http://mythortruth.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Griffin-mythology.jpg>
Internet October 2013
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_dragon>
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_dragon>
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnamese_dragon>
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_dragon>
Internet November 2013
<http://www.blackdrago.com/history/outline.htm>
<http://www.kidzworld.com/article/1932-greek-mythology-griffin>
Internet December 2013
<http://www.leadingtonearts.com/4.Outreach/research/res.dragon/SumD.html>
Steer, Dugald. Drake’s Comprehensive Compendium of Dragonology.
c 2009
Question Three
What is the earliest date known that dragons were “created"?

Note: There are more dragons that are also well known such Chinese dragons, or other cultural dragons.

Cultural dragons have been popping up at all different dates, but I chose two that dated the farthest back (that I could find). They are Sumerian dragons and Chinese dragons. I think that we have all heard about the Chinese and how dragons play an important role in their history and traditions, but maybe not about Sumerian dragons.
Sumerian dragons date back to 5000 B.C. In Sumerian, "ushum" is the word for dragon. In the story of Zu and Enlil, Zu is a Sumerian dragon storm god who stole the tablets on which had the laws of the Universe from Enlil, another god. The sun-god named Ninurta was sent to get the tablets from Zu and killed him in the process, which kept the Universe from going back into original chaos.

Chinese dragons also date back to 5000 B.C. The Chinese believed that they were descendents of the dragons. The emperors were said to be sons of the dragons. Only the emperors wore the sign of the celestial dragon, since it was the sign of ultimate power.
Most of the dragons in legends, etc. did not have wings. It was possible for some to get wings, though. The dragons could get branch-like wings when they became 1,000 years old. Then, when they get their wings, they are called Yin-Lung.
A dragon can be whatever you want it to be.
Different people may say that a certain dragon can do this, and someone else can say it does that.
Some of you may disagree with some of my information. And that's okay.
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