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The moment I looked into those crystal-clear blue eyes, I was spellbound. I had to have him. Warm, wet tears streamed down my cheeks when my parents would not buy me the object of my desire: a peacock-colored fledgling dragon sculpture. As an eleven year old, the sculpture’s defiant stance and glistening scales were the epitome of a dragon’s appearance. I later received it for my birthday and, once at home in my lair, often imagined the dragon was real...


Few creatures of folklore and mythology conjure up the mental images of the dragon. Also known as wurm, wyrm and firedrake, these mercurial creatures pervade almost every pantheon of classical mythology and have become an integral inclusion of an entire genre of fantasy literature. Descriptions of the beast's benevolence vary from the playful Puff (of Peter Yarrow's song) to the sinister Smaug in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit". Babylonian legends portray the Queen of Darkness as a multi-headed dragon - Tiamat. Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty features a battle between Prince Phillip and the evil Maleficent and the Germanic myth "Die Nibelungen"...

Physiology of Mythological Dragons

Nearly all the types of dragons are attributed with breathing out clouds of venom, though there are some cases within the types of a venomless individual, or an individual for which it is not stated if they have venom. Many of the dragons are attributed with a normal carnivorous diet. This reduces the likelihood that the venom is being ingested, as plants are the best source of ingestable toxins. This means that the dragons must have some kind of venom producing mechanism/organ. The only exception to this are some medieval drawings of dragons eating scorpions and snakes. It was a...

What is a Dragon?

In modern times, the idea of what a dragon looks like has become increasingly stereotypical: reptilian, two bat-like wings, four legs, long neck and tail, tail spade, breaths fire, hoards treasure, and is often green. But this was not always the case. Ancient dragons were very diverse in form and behaviour. This diversity makes it difficult to write a definition of what a dragon is. Dictionary definitions are fairly accurate, but give no clue about whether a creature lacking all of the traits a dragon 'usually' has could still be a dragon. Or how to tell a dragon apart from...

Dragon Types from Fiction

Dracos Nobilis. These dragons only exist if you believe in them. Though there have been individual occurrences of these dragons appearing, the main group of these dragons is to be found at Wyrmberg. It has been suggested that these dragons evolved from swamp dragons, and retreated to the imagination when they got to the point where reality wouldn't support them anymore. Great Wyrms. The great wyrms were once hunted by humans, but after the surviving dragons fled, the humans forgot about them. These dragons are cold blooded, and as such, live near a heat source, such as a underground volcanic...

The Dragon

In the Far East, the dragon managed to retain its prestige and is known as a beneficent creature. The Chinese dragon, lung, represented yang, the principle of heaven, activity, and maleness in the yin-yang of Chinese cosmology. From ancient times, it was the emblem of the Imperial family, and until the founding of the republic (1911) the dragon adorned the Chinese flag. The dragon came to Japan with much of the rest of Chinese culture, and there, the Japanese dragons (as ryu or tatsu) it became capable of changing its size at will, even to the point of becoming invisible....

Chinese Dragons

There are many ways to organize all of the Chinese dragons. In the oriental tradition of opposites, the dragon is correlated with the masculine yang power while the phoenix, the bird of rebirth, is associated with the feminine yin force. The Chinese dragon like the Indian Naga's, are often associated with water and rain and lakes and rivers. And so dragons are not as the European model of destruction but are instead life-giving, honored and very powerful. Most often these dragons are associated with royalty and the emperors are closely aligned with the image of dragon. Before history began, China's...

The 4 Dragons: A Chinese Tale

Once upon a time, there were no rivers and lakes on earth, but only the Eastern Sea, in which lived four dragons: the Long Dragon, the Yellow Dragon, the Black Dragon and the Pearl Dragon. One day the four dragons flew from the sea into the sky. They soared and dived, playing at hide-and-seek in the clouds. "Come over here quickly!" the Pearl Dragon cried out suddenly. "What's up?" asked the other three, looking down in the direction where the Pearl Dragon pointed. On the earth they saw many people putting out fruits and cakes, and burning incense sticks. They...

Types of Chinese Dragons

The colors of Chinese dragons are evidently quite variable, but in the case of the chiao type its back is striped with green, its sides are yellow, and it is crimson underneath. The nine major characteristics of a lung type dragon include a head like a camel's, horns like a deer's, eyes like a hare's, ears like a bull's, a neck like an iguana's, a belly like a frog's, scales like a carp's, paws like a tiger's, and claws like an eagle's. It has a pair of large canine teeth in its upper jaw The long, tendril-like whiskers extending from...

Astrology - 2000 the year of the dragon

The Wood Dragon is creative, imaginative, and inquisitive. He is both a thinker and a doer and is capable of brilliant new concepts. His every move is guided by sound logic. His drive and ambition allow him to put many of his ideas into practice, nevertheless this Dragon is capable of concealing his domination and tries not to offend. He will even compromise if it is advantages. Although not as self-centered as other Dragons, he is still outspoken and fearless when challenged. The Fire Dragon is the most extroverted and competitive Dragon. He tends to push too hard and expects...