Dragons are mythological creatures from centuries past flying into the present from both Asia and Europe. Historically, the Asian countries, especially China, view dragons in a kindly light for their beauty and power. That is why we see dragons still, in Chinese celebrations and parades. Asian dragons do not have wings so I guess they did not fly into modern times. Perhaps their magic transported them.
I believe without a doubt that medieval man stumbled upon the fossilized remains of dinosaurs. Finding a set of vertebra the height of which each vertebra is 3 to 5 feet tall and the rapier toothed skull eight feet in length having horny projections would definitely create consternation and fear. With no scientific explanations, deduction can be made that myths of dragons were born from these fossilized remains..
Dragons are described as having scales, horny protrusions on their heads and backbone, as well as razor sharp claws and teeth. Along with these deadly weapons, the dragon has a lashing long tail with dangerous horns on the end. The European dragons have leathery wings of immense dimensions.Their colors range from green to red, blue, and purple.
Our present day largest living lizard species are the komodo dragon which can grow up to ten feet in length having poisonous saliva and the fringed neck dragon whose longest length is a measly three feet. I would prefer not to be there when the eggs hatch for either of these dragons.
Seeking dragon details began when a song popped into my head. “Puff, The Magic Dragon,” sung by Peter, Paul and Mary was released in 1963 shortly before the birth of my son. Relentlessly, the song stayed in my mind with me singing the phrases incorrectly, finally resorting to the internet for correct lyrics.
Dragons are not likely to disappear from our world, myth or no myth. Ask any parent. Beginning with Dungeons and Dragons, dragon lore has mushroomed in arcade and hand-held video games where the player must use his skills against these ferocious beasts whose impenetrable scales and fire breathing blasts put the player at risk. As for myself, since I remain horseless, Puff is just my speed.
©Ann Rains—March, 2019
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