Although dragons (or dragon-like creatures) occur in many legends around the world, different cultures have varying stories about monsters that have been grouped together under the dragon label. Chinese dragons, and Eastern dragons generally, are usually seen as benevolent, whereas European dragons are usually malevolent (there are of course exceptions to these rules). Malevolent dragons also occur in Persian mythology and other cultures. Dragons are particularly popular in China, and along with the phoenix, the dragon was a symbol of the Chinese emperors. Dragon costumes manipulated by several people are a common sight at Chinese festivals.
Dragons are often held to have major spiritual significance in various religions and cultures around the world. In many Eastern and Native American cultures dragons were, and in some cultures still are, revered as representative of the primal forces of nature and the universe. Many pre-Columbian cultures were fascinated by the power of dragons. The Moche people depicted dragons frequently in their ceramics. They are associated with wisdom - often said to be wiser than humans - and longevity. They are commonly said to possess some form of magic or other supernormal power, and are often associated with wells, rain, and rivers. In some cultures, they are said to be capable of human speech.
About dragons. [More]
Big, small, western, eastern. There are many different species of dragons. [More]
The Oriental Dragon
Dragons in China, Korea and Japan. [More]
The Chinese Dragon
There are five types of dragon. [More]
Black, red, blue, metallic... [More]
From a egg to a wyrm. [More]
Recorded Dragon Events
Dragon sightings. [More]
St. George and the Dragon | St. Georgios, Sankt Göran, Jorge, Yuri
A famous story. [More]
Dragons in Greek mythology
Four dragons. [More]
- Cadmus and the Dragon - Killed by Cadmus.
- Cerberus - A guardian.
- Chimera - A fire-breathing monster
- Hesperides - A dragon guarded them.
Planted by Cadmus of Thebes. [More]