|Dragon King’s Daughter |
(Gohonzon #22, Eight Great Dragon Kings)
Dragons have filled our myths, legends, history and imaginations for centuries. The Scandinavians described swimming dragons and the Vikings placed dragons on the front of their ships to scare off the sea monsters and myths containing dragons date back to 4000 B.C.
Marco Polo wrote of his travels to the province of Karajan and reported on huge serpents, which at the fore part have two short legs, each with three claws.
Records of the Greek historian Herodotus and the Jewish historian Josephus describe flying reptiles in ancient Egypt and Arabia, and in art, dragons appear on ancient pottery in China as late as 202 A.D.
o In some cultures dragons have major spiritual significance.
o In many Asian cultures dragons represented the primal forces of nature, religion and the universe.
o They are associated with wisdom and often said to be wiser than humans.
o They are often associated with wells, rain, and rivers.
o In some cultures they are also said to be capable of human speech
o European dragons are usually depicted as evil.
o Chinese dragons do not have wings but have very long tails. They are benevolent and can take on human form. The Imperial Dragon is the combination of four benevolent spiritual animals, the other three being the phoenix, the unicorn and the tortoise.
o Japanese dragons are water deities associated with rainfall and bodies of water.
o Persians believed a dragon's baby would be the same color as the mother's eyes.
o Scottish dragons have two tails.
Courtesy of :
The Dragon - Italy
The Dragon and the Prince - Serbia
The Dragon and His Grandmother - Germany
The Dragon of Ghent - Belgium
The Dragon of the North - Estonia
The Four Dragons - Asia
The Lambton Worm - England
How the Dragon Came to Be - China
The Golden Dragon of the Boringue on page 188 and Turk, Turban, Tulip and Dragon, page 166 both in Belgian Fairy Tales by William Elliot Griffis, 1919. To read these tales and download the book for free go to
CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES
Activity Village – Lots of crafts and printables as well.
Chinese Dragon Puppet – Makes a great bookmark as well.
Dragon Coloring Pages - http://www.coloring.ws/dragons1.htm
Fantastic Adventures with Dragons, Gods and Giants – Grade 3
San Diego Zoo - The Lifestyle of the Komodo Dragon - For grades 4 – 6; facts, activities and more on this interesting and ancient creature.
Draconian.com - The history of dragons in various cultures, short legends about dragons and more.
Karen Chace 2011 ©
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