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The dragon is one of the most known-about of the fantasy creatures of mythology and legends. Its history is so diverse and spread across the known history of the Earth that some contend that the creature was truly a creature of myth, legend, and perhaps the history of earth's beginning.
Sumerian mythology claims that the world was built on the back of a slain beast known as Tiamat, which was described as a monster or dragon. Asian legend claims that dragons (eastern variety) were venerated as spirits of the divine, and that they were both protectors and instigators of mankind. Western dragons developed in tales of knightly quests and damsels in distress, and had slowly become a creature of legend and faery tale alone. When dinosaur bones were discovered by peasants and commoners of the era, they could have been mistaken for the bones of dragons.
Some modern pagan and Spiritualist sects still see dragons as symbols (or archetypes) of power, wisdom, sorcery or protection. Some believe that you can summon or call on a dragon, but to do so requires both a well-developed of value and ethics, as well as great willpower of the summoner, as well as a deep respect and modesty toward the spirit of the dragon, which can be fickle, proud and irritated by human dabbling instead of truly organized and willful spiritual work, which the dragons regard as equal in their stature. Great works of information can be found in some modern literature on Dragon Magick and Dragon Summoning, mainly from neo-pagan publication companies.
The dragon is commonly referred to as a serpent, a reptilian creature with four legs and sometimes with wings like a bat, bird or reptilian beast. In Aztec and Mayan mythology, early on in their history visitors came to see them riding on large boats of wood and iron, and riding on or accompanied by 'feathered serpents' which came to be a term for the South and Central American natives to be like that of the dragon, and even some mythological deities and legendary heroes were thought to be like these feathered serpents, including Quetzocoatl, a central figure in such mythology.
As you can probably tell, I've left a lot to the imagination, and that's because there is no certain type of dragon, they are all different, and are only similar in how they look and how they act.
2006-03-09 [Black_Dragon_123]: Thanks, Hedda. That'll do quite nicely.
2006-03-09 [Black_Dragon_123]: Ok. Page freed up.
2006-03-09 [Black_Dragon_123]: Alright, we're gonna need to keep a link to that other page here, 'cuz I can't get there any other way.
2006-03-09 [Black_Dragon_123]: CRAP!
2006-03-10 [SilverFire]: ... Get it from your notes? Or bookmark the page, and then make the bookmark viewable on every page.
2006-06-10 [Hedda]: We'll keep the link, no worries! I hope someone writes some dragon-links later on.
2006-07-17 [xido]: What's really sad about this is that after all was said and done, no one used the page at all. Please see Dragons - Biology, Sociology, and Magic for a new class on dragons, from the Androntel Academy Classes and Seminars.
2006-07-25 [xido]: Yay! I love Hedda for his ability to change what needs changing. *bows to almighty intelligence of ET for his get-up-and-go work* Dragons is the link for the old Elftown Academy class on Dragons, which I watched go downhill, but which has a cool banner image... I found that it was not staying steady because of a lack in communication between teachers and students on what to discuss. ;) Thanks, Hedda.
2006-08-28 [Avalyn Bastian]: Hello
2006-08-30 [xido]: Hey, how's it going, Darkside?
2006-08-30 [Avalyn Bastian]: Hi! Everything's been going well. yourself?
2006-08-30 [xido]: Not terrible (yet), but not terribly good either.
I sent you a relation request. Wish I could sit and chat. Let me know if you're into this page, and check out my class too, if you want. It's above in the comments.
2006-08-30 [Avalyn Bastian]: Aww. Why so?
Thank you, xido! ^_^ I am VERY into this page and I would love to join your wonderful class!
2006-08-31 [xido]: Life is crazy... It's okay.
Alright, I'll see you there.
2006-08-31 [Avalyn Bastian]: *nods and leaves*
2007-07-17 [xido]: This page is soon going to need new submissions for artwork and information, as well as stories, poems, RPGs and many more ideas! Everyone get your concepts in order to begin work for the ECM Dragon Sessions, opening soon. ;)
2007-10-29 [Avalyn Bastian]: yay ^_^
2008-02-02 [Avalyn Bastian]: awesome ^^