A Dragon is a famous legendary creature that feature in the myths of many cultures. Dragons look like large lizards. They usually have gigantic wings and big, muscular hind legs. Most dragons are said, to be able to breathe fire.
The Welsh Dragon /Y Ddraig Goch appears on the national flag of Wales. The flag is also called Y Ddraig Goch. The oldest recorded use of the dragon to symbolise Wales is from the Historia Brittonum, written around 829 AD, but it is traditionally thought to have been the battle standard of King Arthur and other ancient Celtic leaders.
A welsh dragon. Found a very similar one on a welsh plate souvenir. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In the Mabinogion story Lludd and Llefelys, the red dragon fights with an invading White Dragon. His pained shrieks cause women to miscarry, animals to perish and plants to become barren. Lludd, king of Britain, goes to his wise brother Llefelys in France. Llefelys tells him to dig a pit in the centre of Britain, fill it with mead, and cover it with cloth. Lludd does this, and the dragons drink the mead and fall asleep. Lludd imprisons them, still wrapped in their cloth, in Dinas Emrys in Snowdonia.
Beowulf the legendary Danish king fought a dragon, In Beowulf’s later years now an old man he was asked to kill a dragon which was ravaging the country. A thief had stolen a cup from the dragon’s store. The dragon infuriated, began its rampage, Beowulf arrived and fought the dragon alone but was powerless to defeat it.
Beowulf and the dragon where to equally matched, Beowulf about to be defeated, was saved by his friend Wiglaf who stabbed the dragon allowing Beowulf an instant to terminate it. Beowulf later died of his wounds and gave Wiglaf his kingdom.
The Chinese dragon is the highest-ranking animal in the Chinese animal hierarchy, strongly associated at one time with the emperor and hence power and majesty. In Chinese art, dragons are usually portrayed as long, scaled, serpentine creatures with four legs. Many pictures of oriental dragons show a fiery pearl under their chin. The pearl is linked with prosperity, good luck, and success. There were many dragons in china but these four are the most important dragons.
Tien Lung is the divine dragon and guardian of the heavens and guardian of the god’s heavenly abodes.
Shen lung was of equal significance and was the sacred dragon the sapphire scaled master of storms and skyborn bringer of rain.
Ti lung was the dragon of land, stream and river, which spent springtime in heaven and autumn in the sea.
Fu-ts’ang lung was the dragon treasure keeper of secret hoards and precious jewels and metals inside the innermost vaults of the earth.
In Ancient Greece Queen Cassiopeia boasted she was more attractive then the sea nymphs, this enraged the sea god Poseidon and he sent his sea dragon Cetus to inflict devastation upon their kingdom.
The kingdoms royal family urgently questioned an oracle who claimed the sea dragon could only be calmed by the sacrifice of the queen’s daughter Andromeda. Andromeda was chained to a cliff overlooking the ocean and the Serpent Cetus came for her, but amazingly Persues was returning from slaying the gorgon medusa he saw the princess and her imminent fate. He used his sword and sliced into a vulnerable area of its skin and into its heart after three strikes the great sea dragon Cetus fell dead.
In Greek mythology Hercules was said to have fought Hydra. It was a many headed dragon and for each head cut off a new one took its place. Hercules conquered the hydra by setting ablaze each neck with a torch before a new head could grow.
Have dragons ever existed or were they just a product of human’s overactive imaginations, you decide…………………….