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If Dragons Don'T Exist Then Why Do They Appear In So Many Cultures?

In the past dragons have been monsters, symbols, and peacemakers all over the world. If they don't exist then why do they appear in many different places around the world?



Oriental Dragons:
Oriental dragons tend to live in water. They resemble serpents and often do not have wings. Eastern dragons rarely breathe fire but instead cause great floods. Oriental dragons were regarded with great respect and praise.

In China people hold dragons (sometimes called "Lung") in high regard. They believe that dragons bring wealth. The dragon is a symbol of beauty and power.

Japanese dragons are known as "Tatsus". They are referred to in the Shinto religion. Japanese dragons are similar to the Chinese dragons, however, there are small differences. The Japanese dragon is seen generally as wise and beautiful.

In Thailand dragons, more often then not, are referred to as a type of hot pepper. However, they do also have a Thai water dragon.

Korean dragons are called "Yong". There are three different kinds of Korean dragons: Yong, Yo, and Kyo. Koreans usually use different animals put together for the description of a dragon.


Western Dragons:
The typical Western dragon is a large, scaly creature resembling a dinosaur. It usually has wings and can fly, often it will breathe fire. Western dragons are often used to symbolise greed. Instead of thinking of dragons as wise people in the west regarded these creatures with fear or anger.

British dragons are widely known. There are many different varieties of these dragons. A common type is known as "wyrm". A large serpentine creature which is generally associated with the famous Loch Ness monster. Another type of dragon is a "Wyverns" which is a small winged creature appearing in many british tales.

Wales has their very own dragon named after their land, the welsh dragon. It is believed to have been introduced by the Romans in the 4th century.

Irish or Celtic dragons are also very popular in folklore. These dragons were said to be immensely powerful creatures and influenced both land and water. In legend Saint Patrick was said to rid the land of many dragons.

Dragons in Norse lore were mostly a negative symbol. They were evil creatures and brought destruction. Many Norse heros fought and defeated dragons. Some were turned into them, and more still were killed by them.



My question is simple, how and why were dragons all over the world long before travel was popular? This question doesn't just occur with dragons, it extends to many of the creatures we regard as fiction; witches, unicorns, and fairies. Were they once real?





lildragon3333 lildragon3333 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 15, 2013

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I believe in dragons too! :D

I"m a gemini dragon . All both of us.