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CaLyPsO On May 10, 2020
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kent, United Kingdom
#1New Post! Apr 27, 2009 @ 14:07:35
what were the Dragons that are depicted throughout history and in many different cultures...what do you think they were ?
xnuvax On April 06, 2010

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SYDNEY, Australia
#2New Post! Apr 27, 2009 @ 14:12:46
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The Celestial Chinese Dragon is comparable as the symbol of the Chinese race itself. Chinese around the world, proudly proclaim themselves "Lung Tik Chuan Ren" (Descendents of the Dragon). Dragons are referred to as the divine mythical creature that brings with it ultimate abundance, prosperity and good fortune.

As the emblem of the Emperor and the Imperial command, the legend of the Chinese Dragon permeates the ancient Chinese civilization and shaped their culture until today. Its benevolence signifies greatness, goodness and blessings.

The Chinese Dragon, or Lung , symbolizes power and excellence, valiancy and boldness, heroism and perseverance, nobility and divinity. A dragon overcomes obstacles until success is his. He is energetic, decisive, optimistic, intelligent and ambitious.

Unlike the negative energies associated with Western Dragons, most Eastern Dragons are beautiful, friendly, and wise. They are the angels of the Orient. Instead of being hated, they are loved and worshipped. Temples and shrines have been built to honor them, for they control the rain, rivers, lakes, and seas. Many Chinese cities have pagodas where people used to burn incense and pray to dragons.
CaLyPsO On May 10, 2020
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kent, United Kingdom
#3New Post! Apr 27, 2009 @ 14:15:56
that is just one type of Dragon ...in chinese history there are many others and what i find fascinating is that the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac are all animals, eleven of which are still alive today. But the twelfth is the dragon ..why would they use 11 Animals all known today and one as you say mythical creature...this leads me to believe they believed in them and saw them as a reality and as Dragons...but what could they of been as dinosaurs were extinct.
xnuvax On April 06, 2010

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SYDNEY, Australia
#4New Post! Apr 27, 2009 @ 14:16:50
https://www.crystalinks.com/chinadragons.html
beatboxer On March 25, 2010




, United Kingdom
#5New Post! Apr 27, 2009 @ 14:19:11
The dragon has long been a symbol of Wales. It features (in its proper red colour) on the national flag and is often to be found marking goods of Welsh origin. How did this exotic oriental beast find its way to Wales? The dragon was perhaps first seen in Wales in Roman times. The Romans were thought to have gained knowledge of the dragon from their Parthian enemies (in lands later to become part of the great Persian Empire) and it is to be seen carved on Trajan's column. It is possible that the dragon had been seen in the West much earlier than this, as a result of Alexander the Great's epic journey which commenced it 334 B.C. Alexander marched as far as northern India and after his death, the break up of his mighty empire saw an increase in trade with Africa and India and for the first time commerce with China.
The Roman draco was a figure fixed by the head to the top of a staff, with body and tail floating in the air and was the model for the dragon standard used by the Anglo Saxons. In the Bayeux Tapestry, this device is depicted as the standard of King Harold, although written records seem to disagree. In 1190 "the terrible standard of the dragon" was borne before the army of Richard Coeur-de-Lion in an attack at Messina.

The seventh century Welsh hero Cadwaladr carried the dragon standard and the dragon had become a recognised symbol of Wales by the time Welsh archers were serving in the English army at the battle of Crecy in 1346. It is said that a dragon banner was thrown over the Black Prince when he was unhorsed at Crecy, in protection while his enemies were beaten off. The future King Henry VII carried the dragon banner at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. This battle signalled the end of the War of the Roses between Lancastrian and Yorkist factions and led to unification. Henry later decided that the red dragon should figure on the official flag of Wales. |




John Weston / Data Wales 2000


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Jaimie On September 18, 2016
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St. Louis, Missouri
#6New Post! Apr 27, 2009 @ 14:24:10
How about a sea dragon?





Sorry Feebs, couldn't resist
CaLyPsO On May 10, 2020
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kent, United Kingdom
#7New Post! Apr 27, 2009 @ 14:25:16
yes that is part of it but there are far more in western cultures and it dosnt explain them or what is written about them ...and the similarities are there. there are short bodied, winged dragons in both Chinese and European art ,there is a theory that they were comets but i dont see that as very early in history it was shown that these were celestial bodies and seen as that .but also in chinese legend man came in contact with it and has learnt lessons from it so where do these handed down accounts come from.

and before i get pulled on it i am in no way saying i am a believer in Dragons exsisting i am only asking what you think the ancients would of been looking at to call something a dragon.
CaLyPsO On May 10, 2020
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kent, United Kingdom
#8New Post! Apr 27, 2009 @ 14:28:46
@Jaimie Said

How about a sea dragon?





Sorry Feebs, couldn't resist

isnt that a sea horse too

chisa96 On December 29, 2014
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Out in Nature, Wisconsin
#9New Post! Apr 27, 2009 @ 14:30:14
reptiles were probably a lot bigger back then... perhaps they were more similar to dragons/dinosaurs than they are today...
karljkampovsky On May 13, 2009

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#10New Post! Apr 27, 2009 @ 14:34:40
My opinion is that Ancients found fossils of extinct saurians,and assumed they were still around,erroneously of course!
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St. Louis, Missouri
#11New Post! Apr 27, 2009 @ 14:35:56
@Calypso Said

isnt that a sea horse too






You are correct of course.
alexkidd On February 07, 2012
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#12New Post! Apr 27, 2009 @ 15:42:31
It's a blanket term used to describe a vast array of different creatures from different mythologies.
Any type of giant lizard is classed as a dragon, the legends have grown up separately and are about very separate things its more how we look back on them now as all 'dragons' that it seems strange they arose independently.

The word literally means serpent and its possible the accounts come from distorted attempts to classify types of real animal.
Many mythological creatures could be from this, especially ones that are half something and half something else, this was a way they tried to classify animals in the past and it leads to confusion and exaggeration.
like the giraffe was believed to be 'half camel, half leopard'

If they have any relation to real life it would likely be from different types of large snake or lizard and not giant dragons, its easy for these things to get twisted in the public consciousness and become legend. especially in the past before taxonomy came into its own.
windstorm On June 28, 2012




Birmingham, Alabama
#13New Post! May 27, 2009 @ 00:42:36
@Calypso Said
and before i get pulled on it i am in no way saying i am a believer in Dragons exsisting i am only asking what you think the ancients would of been looking at to call something a dragon.



I'm a believer.
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