|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. Their are 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
How the Dragon Came to Be - China
The Lambton Worm - England
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:
The Serene Dragon -
This incredible site is sure to slay you! Over 544 dragon tales listed by
country and region, with origins, and articles; you will be breathing fire in
no time at all. Unfortunately, the site is no longer online but you may still access
the pages via the Wayback Machine at this link:
Story-Lovers.com – As always, Jackie Baldwin is ahead of the pack, or in this case, the dragon’s lair. Books, stories and more, all related to those amazing mythical creatures. Note: Our dear Jackie crossed over a few years ago but her incredible work lives on, accessible via the Wayback Machine here: http://web.archive.org/web/20100120170730/http://www.story-lovers.com/listsdragonstories.html
BOOKSBookroo – Dragon books for a variety of ages.
CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES
Activity Village – Lots of crafts and printables.
Chinese Dragon Puppet – Makes a great bookmark as well.
Dragon Coloring Pages
Survivor Dragon Island – From the California Summer Reading Collaborative Program http://tinyurl.com/6jsnved
Adventures with Dragons, Gods and Giants
– A grade three unit connected to the Core Curriculum Standards.
Dealing with Dragons
San Diego Zoo - The Lifestyle of the Komodo Dragon - For grades 4 – 6; facts, activities and more on this interesting and ancient creature.
Meet the new Komodo dragons at the San Diego Zoo
Draconian.com - The history of dragons in various cultures, short legends about dragons and more.
SONGS AND FINGERPLAYS
Dragon Storytime – Songs, fingerplays, and book suggestions from the Jacksonville Public Library
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Karen Chace 2011 ©
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Wonderful list, but you've left out my favorite, The Laidly Worm of Spindlestone Heugh, in which the prince saves the day not by killing the dragon, but by kissing it. http://www.rickwalton.com/folktale/jacoba33.htm
Thanks for you kind comment. Actually, your favorite story is there, put it is on the website, The Serene Dragon on the blog post. That site lists over 544 dragon tales by country and your favorite is there.
Another great post, Karen!
I am a wooden dragon, which is 'better' than some of the other dragons! And I have a two foot long dragon that is in my office watching over me!
A little extra factoid. According to Joseph Campbell, European dragons are generally associated with greed. That's why they're often depicted as guarding vast treasure hoards or beautiful maidens. Two things they really don't have any use for, but still seem to want anyway.
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