Dragons are creatures portrayed in ancient mythologies of most cultures around the world. Dragons are portrayed both with wings and no wings. Dragons were thought to exist because ancient people would find dinosaur bones and assume, correctly, that fierce and powerful creatures once roamed the earth.
Archeological investigations reveal that the griffin, a legendary creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle, might have actually existed as a fossilized remains of the Protoceratops dinosaur which has a similar form to the mythological creature.
As with any tall tale there is always a grain of truth so the legend of the dragon grew along with folk lore describing dragons as either benevolent guardians or fierce and destructive enemies.
The legends of dragons tie in with mythologies of winged gods from the heavens who came to Earth to create the human race. Dragons continue to be important symbols in many cultures today. Many movies contain dragons for our brave heros to defeat in order to save the girl from certain doom. Why dragons always seem to want virginal girls escapes me but I didn't write the stories.
These Dragons Sphinxes, Serpents, Griffins and other mythical monsters are renditions from photographs of statues and historical drawings in out of print text books.
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.
Paper Trivia: Did you know that you can only fold a sheet of printer paper in half seven times? Give it a try. It doesn't matter how thick or thin the paper is, once you get to the seventh fold, the paper will not bend or budge.
Sun catchers. To create a translucent, stained glass ornaments effect, apply a bit of lemon oil to the back sides of paper ornaments to create a.
Hang the ornaments on trees, in windows, anywhere bright colorful decorations are desired.
Construct a large paper-tree for the wall with shades of green construction paper. Draw a large tree on a sheet of easel pad paper to tack onto a wall or other flat surface, then decorate with paper ornaments.