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Do Dragons Really Exist?

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Dragons are a part of our world — yours and mine.  You may not see them in the skies, or be able to see them in the zoos, but they are there.  I know what you are thinking, dragons are not real, and you would be correct, but they are still a part of our world.  In books, and movies and campfire stories, dragons appear.  They are part of many cultures all over the world, and even though we can’t see them, the belief of them makes them real enough.

Dragons are located all over the world. They’re in many cultures and depicted in history as monsters, deities, beasts, etc. The renaissance period, greek , norse, and chinese mythology are the more well known dragons from people’s beliefs. If you don’t know what a dragon is by the way, it’s a giant, winged, fire breathing, scaled, four legged, reptilian mythical beast with a long neck, tail, and horns. Another thing is, some creatures you may imagine as a dragon aren’t actually dragons.

Some people may mistake creatures as a dragon since some other creatures may look like one and come from the same historical era, and thus the same stories, as dragons do. One such creature that is commonly mistaken for as a dragon is a drake. A drake looks like it could be a dragon, but it isn’t.  It is mistaken for a dragon because it has the same body features, yet it cannot be a dragon because it does not have wings.  A drake looks a lot like a dragon except that it’s smaller and has a short neck. Drakes are not as long, nor as streamlined, but rather are well built and more brutish in nature.. Drakes are also mistaken for dragons because the word “drake” in Middle English and Ancient Greek means satan, which is also the name for a smaller dragon and another word for younger, juvenile dragons. Yet, drakes cannot be dragons because dragons must have wings and be able to fly.

Another creature that is commonly mistaken as a dragon is a wyvern.  Wyverns look like dragons, but they are a bit smaller and weaker.  Wyverns only have two hind legs and also have a snake like tail. While they do have a pair of wings (that may or may not have claws), they cannot breathe fire; and so cannot be considered a dragon. The wyvern most commonly appears in cultures as an image on flags and shields and such in the old english culture.

While drakes and wyverns are the most recognizable of beasts that are mistaken for dragons, there are a couple of reptilian-like creatures, Lindwurms and Amphitheatres, that also get mistaken for dragons.  These two also get mistaken for other mythical, serpent-like, creatures. The more reptilian like of the two creatures would be the Lindwurm, which is most commonly spelled “lindworm.” Different cultures have different myths about the Lindwurm.  For some of the many cultures that have myths about Lindwurms, “Lindwurm” actually stands for “serpent,” and more commonly as “seaserpent.” In other cultures it is often referred to as a “wingless bipedal dragon,” even though it’s technically not a dragon. People call it that because that fits the description of it; it has a long serpent like body with two front legs, long arrow tipped tail, and two frontal legs. The Lindwurm is most often found in European mythology and folklore. The other creature, an Amphitheatre, is found in cultures from South America and is seen as a deity. It is a long feathered serpent with feathered wings. The general color of the feathers on its body are to be greenish-yellow, and its wings are green that are feathered along on the bone. The most admiring features of this creature is its hypnotic gaze that, this gaze sparks fear into whoever stares into them. One unique thing about the Amphitheatre is that among dragons (and beasts mistaken as dragons) it is depicted as a deity. This doesn’t happen often, although there’s also another region of the world where dragons are not actual deities, but are worshiped and praised like them.

Chinese dragons are quite unique compared to other dragons and creatures who appear like them because they are more commonly worshiped as deities and such while the other creatures are feared as monsters in most of the beliefs. Chinese Dragons are depicted as deities in both ancient and modern Chinese beliefs. For Chinese people, dragons aren’t just a creature, but also a symbol of luck, strength, or even a status of power. There are many different depictions of the Chinese dragons that takes form of animals we have all seen or might even own such as turtles, koi, and/or any other imaginary creature you can think of, but the most common description of a Chinese Dragon is it is a long serpent like creature with four legs that look short compared to his body, and long narrow face with horns and with what would appear to be a whisker on each side of his face that looks like a mustache. The colors and style may appear differently because the different types of all Chinese dragons are either elemental or represents some sort of formation of weather and water such as rain, storm, thunder, typhoon, and flood. Their representations of these also shows that have control over these or may even have the power to create them.  This is why people think of them as deities.

Whether people are terrified of them or worship them, dragons and dragon-like creatures are a big part of cultures around the world.  Just because you can’t see what you are afraid of, doesn’t make your fear less real.  Just because you can’t see your god doesn’t mean your faith and belief in that god isn’t real.  If you had to see a god for religious beliefs and followings and teachings to be real, then no religion would exist in the world today.  Just because we don’t see dragons, or drakes, or wyverns, doesn’t mean they are not real.  They affect how we think.  They affect how cultures worship.  They even open up our imaginations and train our brains when they are incorporated into games — games that millions of people around the world play.  So while we debate on whether a creature is or isn’t a dragon, that doesn’t really matter.  What matters is that they exist.  Just because you don’t see them doesn’t mean they don’t exist.  They do, and they play a big part on cultures all over our world.

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WORKS CITED

“Amphiptere.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 20 Jan. 2017. Web. 09 Mar. 2017.

“Chinese Dragons.” Chinese Dragons. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2017

“Chinese Dragon.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 10 Mar. 2017. Web. 10 Mar. 2017.

“Drake.” Drake – Wiktionary. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2017

“Lindworm.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 06 Mar. 2017. Web. 09 Mar. 2017.

“Wyvern.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 26 Jan. 2017. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyvern>.

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One Response to “Do Dragons Really Exist?”

  1. Jackson Harris on April 21st, 2017 12:16 pm

    Firstly, I think this writing could use a proof read or two to get rid of the grammatical errors. Quite a few sections of this piece didn’t make sense, but I still got the idea. Secondly, I learned that dragons do exist. Not in the same way as you and I, but in a more complex way. In our thoughts, our minds, and our hearts. Lastly, I liked the vivid descriptions of the dragon and dragon-like creatures, I can tell a lot of work was put into this. It was definitely a fun read, and I’d recommend it to other people.

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