Western vs Eastern Dragons

Western or European Dragons – In European folklore, a dragon is a serpent-like creature prone to destroying small villages with two pairs of lizard-y legs and bat-type wings growing from its back. A dragon-like creature with no front legs is known as a Wyvern and are the laughing stock of the dragon world. In Western folklore, dragons are usually portrayed as evil, with the exceptions mainly in Welsh folklore and modern fiction. In the modern period, the European dragon is typically depicted as a huge fire-breathing, scaly and horned lizard-like creature, with leathery wings four legs and a long muscular tail. It is sometimes shown with feathered wings, crests, fiery manes, ivory spikes running down its spine and  in various exotic colors. Dragon’s blood often has magical properties, such as healing and allowing the user to understand the language of animals. Most Western dragons protect caverns or castles filled with gold and treasure and are often associated with a great hero who tries to slay it. Though in possession of awesome wings, dragons normally hide in their underground lair, a cave that identifies it as an ancient creature of earth. Possibly, the dragons of European and Mid Eastern mythology stem from the cult of snakes found in religions throughout the world.

Eastern Dragons – Chinese dragons are largely benign serpentine creatures, who have long, snake-like bodies and small wings. In yin and yang terminology, a dragon is yang and complements a yin fenghuang (“Chinese phoenix”). Chinese dragons symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rain, hurricanes, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and luck. Due to their powers, the Emperor of China usually used the dragon as a symbol of his imperial power and strength. In Chinese daily language,  outstanding people are compared to the dragon while incapable people with no achievements are compared with other, more frowned upon creatures, such as the worm. A number of Chinese proverbs feature references to the dragon, for example: “Hoping one’s son will become a dragon”.

Final Verdict – If anyone reads this, which do you think is better? (I vote for the Chinese dragons, they’re nicer).

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