It’s that time again! Monster Monday! This week’s monster is one of the most popular mythological creatures of our time, the dragon!
Cultures around the globe have feared and celebrated the dragon. From Mushussu of Mesopotamia to Apep of Ancient Egypt, the Dragon Kings of China and the Norse Midgard serpent, tales of dragons have been told throughout the ages.
“No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.” - R.A. Salvatore, Streams of Silver
In Europe, the dragon is a powerful beast that hoards gold and kills for pleasure. A large serpentine creature with enormous wings and thick impenetrable scales, it is best known for breathing fire. Although sometimes depicted as good, European dragons were mostly evil and greedy. More often than not, they spent their time hoarding large piles of gold or kidnapping beautiful princesses to take back to their lair.
“He was no dragon, Dany thought, curiously calm. Fire cannot kill a dragon” - George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones
In Eastern cultures such as Thailand and China, the dragon is a benevolent spirit of good fortune. Even though they have no wings, they fly through the air, twisting and turning like a beautiful dance through the sky. Many are depicted with large tufts of fur and whiskers, and are extremely intelligent and wise.
In China, dragons are a highly respected symbol and reserved for only the Emperor himself. They are said to have god-like powers, controlling the weather and even the laws of probability.
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