My late father absolutely despised dragons. He never explained why—he just did. Anything that had dragons on in would be banished to the Realm of Garbage, unless it was a book in which case he’d just scribble out the offending dragon’s head. I wish I had asked him about this freaky trait…I’m sure it would have been an interesting tale. But that’s life—we’re so busy with our own daily trials that we don’t stop to take an interest in those of others. Yet another thing that I’m working on.
Despite growing up in a house that was dragon unfriendly, I simply love them. The idea of these magical creatures soaring through the sky just gives me goose bumps. This is why dragons reside in my mythical Valley of the Hornbills where my protagonist Anjeli gets to have all the fun while I sit at my laptop half the night.
Kinds of Asian dragons:
-The Horned Dragon is considered to be the mightiest.
-The Celestial Dragon supports the heavens and protects the Gods.
-The Earth Dragon rules all of the earth.
-The Spiritual Dragon controls the wind and rain.
-The Treasure Dragon is the keeper of precious metals and gems.
-The Winged Dragon is the only dragon with wings.
-The Coiling Dragon dwells in the ocean.
-The Yellow Dragon is a hornless dragon known for its scholarly knowledge
(Source: Dragons in Asia, http://www.childrensmuseums.org/docs/DragonsInAsia.pdf)
The differences between European dragons and their Asian cousins are firstly their looks but also the fact that in Asia they are revered and loved while the poor European dragons were constantly being attacked by aspiring knights. Interestingly, for a mythical creature, the dragon has its roots in many different cultures across the world. How is it that almost every culture has its own version of dragons?
Dragon names throughout the planet:
Malaysian, Indonesian and Indian: naga
Chinese (Mandarin): lóng
Jewish (religious): Nachash Bare'ach
Read more about dragons on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon
I’m seriously starting to think that myths and legends made their way across the globe hitched to the noodle industry.