• Category: Dragon Clipart
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  • Date: December 16, 2017

Dragon provide an important ingredient in the symbologies of many peoples. They are always portrayed as reptilian in form, at times like winged CROCODILES or gigantic SNAKES. What are the origins of this symbol? The attempt to assoc iate them with those dragons that once really existed-the dinosaurs of the Mesozoic era-does not constitute an immediately satisfactory explanation, since the dinosaurs were never the contemporaries of the human race, which first walked the earth some hundred million years after their extinction. Edgar Dacque's theory (see GIANTS) thus posited a primal memory, reaching back far past the actual dawn of humanity, to preserve the image of the dinosaur. In myths of creation, dragons are usually violent primeval creatures who must be defeated by the gods. Later, heroes and ancestors of noble lines take on the ro le of dragon-slayers (the intellectually superior human overcoming the untamed natural world) . In fairy-tales and legends, slaying the dragon is a frequent test of the hero's mettle if he succeeds, he will obtain a treasure or free a captive princess. The dragon is here a symbol of the bestial element which must be defeated with strength and discipline. In Christian symbology the dragon embodies the diabo lical element, or the satanic Lucifer, whom the archangel Michael defeated and plunged into the pit of HELL (see DEVIL, ANGEL) . Dragons are therefore often assoc iated with FIRE and portrayed as breathing fire, or else as creatures of that primeval CHAOS which was to be destroyed only through disc iplined marshaling of mental and physical prowess. In contrast to this Occidental conception , the dragon is usually understood in Eas t Asia as a symbol of happiness, capable of producing the potion of immortality. It represents the primal essence yang (see YIN AND YANG) of Chinese philosophy-procreation, fertility, activity-and thus is frequently used decoratively to ward off evil spirits. In many legends and fairy-tales dragons play a leading role, and in the fine arts and in artisanry they are a principal motif. The number of dragons on the brocade garments of the generals of ancient China was precise ly regulated, and only the emperor's garment might have NINE. From the Han dynasty (206 B.C. - A. D. 220) onward, the turquoise dragon (lung) was the symbol of the emperor: it was the fifth sign of the Chinese zodiac, and the symbol of the East, the rising sun, and the spring RAIN the WHITE dragon, on the other hand, governed the West and death. In winter, according to popular tradition, dragons live underground, but they come to the surface in the second month of the Chinese calendar and cause THUNDER and the first RAINS. There are frequently dragon festivals with fireworks on the second day of the second month. In decorative art two dragons are often shown playing with a PEARL (the thunder-BALL), with which they bring forth the fertilizing rain. In Japan, too, the dragon is the embodiment of the rain-divinity fountains around temples often have bronze dragons as waterspouts. In Africa and the Americas , however, we find no clear dragon symbology, al though in ancient Mexico iguanas and mythical serpents did have great prominence.

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Baby Dragon Clipart (57+)

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