Dragons in human life


posted on 28th of march, 2008

The Dragons (from Ancient Greek "a serpent of huge size, a python, a dragon") is a mythical creature typically depicted as a gigantic and powerful serpent or other reptile with magical or spiritual qualities.
Like most mythological creatures, dragons are perceived in different ways by different cultures. They are commonly portrayed as serpentine or reptilian, hatching from eggs and possessing typically feathered or scaly bodies. They are sometimes portrayed as having large yellow or red eyes, a feature that is the origin for the word for dragon in many cultures.
Winged dragons are usually portrayed only in European dragons while Asian versions of the dragon, sometimes called the Long (Chinese pinyin) resemble large snakes. Modern depictions of dragons tend to be larger than their original representations, which were often smaller than humans.
Although dragons 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 though there are exceptions. Malevolent dragons also occur in the mythology of Persia and Russia, among other places.
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 , religion 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 supernatural power, and are often associated with wells, rain, and rivers. In some cultures, they are also said to be capable of human speech.
© Oorka (Help)

No Comments




This article has been read 856 times.
Photo credits: , Sergey Abalentsev, Openko Dmytro, Davor Ratkovic, Indos82, Dimitar Marinov.

About me

Designers/buyers, please leave the comments to images which you download. It is interesting to me where my works will be used and I will know that more necessary for you! If you wish to communicate with me write the comment to any of my photos. I will receive it at once


confidential info

Blogs Exclusive user
Archive
2009
October (1)
January (1)
2008

Stock Photography that BLOGS!

Interact, make friends, share tips and techniques, have fun. Dreamstime wants your ideas and thoughts whether you are a photographer, designer or regular user. Create a blog to tell your story, promote favorite images and photographers, post tutorials or simply exchange opinions with your with fellow dreamstimers.

Don't forget words and pictures go great together so make sure you choose some Dreamstime favorite pics to brighten your article. For inspiration, check out the hottest or the most useful blogs on the left.

Create a blog to tell your story, promote favorite stock images and photographers

Create your blog

My favorite articles

    None

More favorite articles

Related image searches

mythology dragon powerful mysterious monster

Monster related stock images