D is for Dragons

Dragons – Good or Evil?

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Throughout history, dragons have been the creatures of myth and legends. From the European maiden-eating dragons to the Aztec God Quetzalcoatl and the colorful dragons of Asia, they inspire fear or hope.

During the middle ages, European dragons were portrayed as evil and killers. The knight, who slayed the dragon, was the hero. The dragon was also considered a representation of Satan. Yet, ironically, there was a knighthood called the “Order of the Dragon which actually served to defend the Cross against enemies and promote the Christian church. This mysterious knighthood was also an inspiration for Bram Stroker’s Dracula.”1

This also makes me wonder if there was a period in European history where dragons were thought of as beneficial. After all, the dragon is often a symbol on coat-of-arms and is depicted on the Welsh flag.

However, in the East, dragons are wise, benevolent, and kind. Some Chinese even believe they are descendants of dragons.

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Why this extreme difference?

Perhaps it was the Viking Dragon ships which raided the lands that turned the dragons evil in European minds.

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Regardless, I believe dragons, if they exist in another plane, are like any creatures. They can be good or evil depending on their actions.

How about you? Do you love or hate dragons?

Bibliography

1. http://www.chinahistoryforum.com/topic/35452-western-dragon-vs-eastern-dragon/

2. Encyclopedia Britannica http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/170779/dragon

Images:

Dragons – Google Images – sorted by Advanced License – free to use, modify or use, even commercially

Viking Ships – Crimson Romance Cover Art – Viking Fire 

Viking Fire Amazon: http://goo.gl/71VAsf

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