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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.
2004-07-09 [dr]: dont kill the dragon! dragons are FRIIEEENNNDSSS
2004-07-12 [Atje]: why do some people have bad thoughts of dragons ? there not all dangerous... I think ?
2004-07-13 [dr]: these people just dont think of dragons as nice creatures
2004-07-22 [dr]: hey! dont melt away half of the dragons face!!! r we allowed to write more than one thing??? i wanna do the actions of the dragon!
2004-07-22 [Atje]: and why don't they
2004-07-23 [dr]: why dont they what?
2004-07-25 [Atje]: why couldn't people think there nice? ever met one who wasn't friendly perhaps?