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Dragons

What are Dragons?
Dragons are mythical creatures that are prevalent in many cultures. Dragons are legendary creatures, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits.

There are two distinct dragons, one from European folk traditions, the other from Asian culture and tradition. The European dragon has bat-type wings growing from its back.

The dragon is thought to be the greatest of all serpents. Dragons have major spiritual significance in various religions and cultures all around the world.

Foreign Names for Dragons

African:
Nrgwenya
Afrikaans:
Draak
Albanian:
Dragua
Ancient Swedish:
Flugdrake / Floghdraki
Arabic:
Ah-teen/Tah-neen
Austrian:
Drach`n
Austrian:
Lindwurm
Bhutanese:
Druk
Bulgarian:
Drakon
Calabrese:
Dragu
Celtic:
Aerouant
Celtic:
Dragane / Dragan Traie
Cherokee Indian:
Unktena
Chinese:
Lung/Long, Liung
Croatian/Serbian:
Zmij
Croatian/Serbian:
Krilat Zmaj
Czech:
Drak/ Dráček
Danish:
Drage
Dansk:
Drage
Dutch:
Draak
Estonian:
Draakon
Estonian: Lohe/ Lohemadu
Estonian: Tuuleuss Lendav Madu
Finnish:
Lohikäärme / Draakki / Dragoni
Flemish:
Draeke
French:
Dragun / Dargon
Frisian:
Draak
Gaelic:
Arach
German:
Drache / Drachen
German:
Lindwurm / Drake
Greek:
Drakon / Drakontas
Greek:
Drakos (male) / Drakena (female)
Hawaiian:
Kelekona / Na Kelekona
Hebrew:
Drakon / Drakonim / Tanniym
Hindi:
Go-ta
Hungarian:
Sárkány
Icelandic:
Dreki
Indonesian:
Naga
Iranian:
Ejdeha
Irish:
Draic
Islamic:
Th'uban / Tinnin
Italian:
Drago / Dragone / Volante
Italian:
Dragonessa / Drčg / Dregh
Japanese:
Ryu / Tatsu
Korean:
Yong
Kurdish Kurmanji:
Ejder
Lakota Sioux:
Unhcegila
Latin:
Draco / Dracon / Dragon/ Dragoon
Latin: Serpent / Serpens
Luxemburg: Draach
Malay: Naga
Maltese: Dragun
Middle Enlish: Dragun, Dragoun
Mongolian: Luu
New Zealand: Tarakona
Norse: Ormr
Norsk: Drake / Dragonet / Liten Drake
Norwegian: Drage
Philippines: Dragon (male) / Dragona (female)
Polish: Smok
Portugese: Dragăo
Roman: Draco
Romanian: Dragon / Dragoni
Romanian: Zmeu / Zmei
Romanian: Dracul / Drakul
Russian: Drakon
Sanskrit: Naga
Scandinavian: Orm / Ormr
Scottish: Dreugan
Slovenia: Zmaj
Spanish: Drac / Brujah
Spanish: Dragón / El Draque
Swedish: Drake / Lindorm
Swiss German: Drachä
Tagalog: Drakón
Thai: Mung-korn
Tibetan: Brug
Turkish: Ejderha
Ukrainian: Drakon
Vietnamese: Rong
Welsh: Ddraig
Yugoslav: Zmaj / Azdaja
Zulu: Uzekamanzi



Dragons





Other Names: Drake, Monster, Serpent, Wyrm, Wyvern, Lindworm, Wurm and Firedrake

History: Dragons can be traced as far back as 4000 B.C.

Did You Know?

It is a taboo to disfigure a depiction of a dragon

Meanings: The devil is likened to the dragon because he is the worst of all serpents. In European cultures, the dragon is aggressive and warlike. While in Asian cultures Dragons can also be the symbol for royalty and good luck. In current Chinese culture, excellent and outstanding people are compared to the dragon.

Iconic Symbols: Dragon bones and teeth, were said to be valued for the treatment of spirit disorders.

Did You Know?

There are differences in the Eastern Dragons: Chinese dragons have five claws, Japanese dragons three, and Korean dragons four.

Myths in Culture:

China: In China the dragon is the highest-ranking animal in the animal hierarchy. Dragons in Chinese culture are often associated with the emperor and hence power and majesty.

Japan: The Japanese dragon Ryu, is said to have descended from the primitive three-toed variety of Chinese dragon. Japanese dragons are water deities associated with rainfall and bodies of water. Japanese dragons are depicted as large, wingless, serpentine creatures with clawed feet.

Korea: In Korea, Yong is a powerful dragon, that is tasked with protecting the sky.

Medieval Dragons: Dragons from the middle ages were portrayed as evil, and man-eating reptiles. Dragons have a a tail and wings as well as the magical ability to fly and breath fire.

Orient: It is said that the Oriental dragon takes 3000 years to become a real mature dragon.

Russia: Dragons in Russian mythology usually have heads in multiples of three. Some have heads that grow back if every head is not cut off.

Ukraine: Dragons in Ukraine lore have three heads and spit fire.

Vietnam: Dragons in Vietnamese mythology are said to brings rain, essential for agriculture.

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