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Dragon - Mythology and Symbolism

Dragon

The dragon is the strongest creature in symbolism and the most popular of all civilizations: it appears in many tales and legends, in the Bible, but especially in Chinese mythology. An almost invulnerable fire-eater, it embodies both the misery of humanity and its luck.

A fabulous hybrid

The dragon is not an animal in the zoological sense of the term, but a creature stemming from the snake, the lizard, the bird, the bat and the lion. Often the dragon takes on the role of guardian of a treasure. Who manages to conquer it, conquers the princess or is given a special ability. According to civilization, the dragon represents a beneficial or evil entity. The Christian world sees it as a diabolical form, a true incarnation of Evil, the enemy of God and of men. In Asia, however, and especially in Chinese civilization, the dragon brings happiness, wisdom and embodies the male principle.

The dragon in the world mythologies

Until the middle of the sixteenth century, the dragons were perceived as real animals. In his six-volume work, Konrad Gesner, a Zurich physician and biologist (1516-1565), distinguished three types of dragons: the huge wingless serpent, the winged serpent, and the reptilian creature with membranous wings and the head adorned with horns. Dragons appear in all civilizations. In the Egyptians, at the death of Osiris, the deities Nephthys and Isis floated in the form of a dragon above his embalmed body. Greek mythology, for its part, tells the story of Ladon, dragon with a hundred heads, guardian of the golden apples of the Garden of Hesperides, or the dragon Typhoon placed by Zeus under Etna. Let us also mention Apollo who conquers the oracle of Delphi by fighting the dragons Delphyne and Python, or Jason and the Argonauts who plant dragon teeth in a field of the King of Colchis Eteses to give birth to invincible giants. The Golden Fleece, the ultimate destination of Jason's journey, is itself guarded by a dragon wrapping around the tree where it hangs. Kadmos, the founder of Thebes, also sows dragon teeth and collects monsters. Medea, female character of Greek mythology, flies in a chariot pulled by two dragons.

In the Christian legend, Saint Martha tames the Tarascon dragon in the south of France and Saint George defeats and kills a dragon. Among the Germans, at the foot of the ash Yggdrasil lies the Niddhög dragon to which the squirrel brings the words of the eagle nesting in its ridge. The dragon killed by Siegfried bears the name of Fafnir: the hero bathes in his blood to become invincible.

The Asian dragon is a beneficent and tutelary creature. He lives in clouds, lakes, springs. In China, he is the symbol of power and the emperor sat on a dragon-shaped throne.

Birth of a unitary symbolism

One question intrigues cryptozoologists: how is it possible for all civilizations to report the existence of a creature with identical attributes and a similar appearance? According to a theory, the dragon would be a saurian who would have learned to fly, so that it could survive much longer than other representatives of its kind. Its extinction would have occurred only at a time when man was already populating the planet. In this way, the various traditions have been able to provide a concordant image. Another, much more slippery, thesis considers dragons as UFOs, seen all over the world, which would explain the unitary image conveyed.