Mythic Monday ~ Dragons
Dragons have always been popular icons. Games, cartoons, plush animals, tattoos, you can find dragon items everywhere. Ask any two-year-old and they will tell you all about their favorite dragon. Where did it all start?
China is probably the oldest culture that began incorporating the dragon into their belief systems. Their culture sees the dragon as a symbol or power, prosperity, and good fortune. Dragons are an essential power of nature. A dragon’s breath, ‘chi’, bequeaths the four elements, rain, earth, sun, and wind. Emperors surrounded themselves with images of the powerful creature in their palaces, swords, and clothing. Even today, the dragon is a revered mythical being.
Cross the ocean and the respect changes to fear. Dragons become fire breathing evil creatures that need to be conquered. Open the pages of most fairy tales and there is a dragon that must be conquered by a brave knight.
I hold reverence for the dragons of the Chinese belief system. My world building incorporates the Northern Pacific cultures, so this fits in. I’m creating several types of dragons, like the mythology of China where dragons can be covered in feathers or scales and an array of colors and sizes.
What dragon do you most remember from childhood? Do you have a favorite Dragon story?