Everybody Believes In Dragons

For many centuries, tales about dragons and its power, influence and supremacy have affected cultures and traditions of many people around the world. They breathe fire, can change the weather and bring fortune and many more. Everyone has a story to tell. Every culture and civilizations have their own story to share and pass from generations to generations. Here are some dragons based on culture.

American Dragons

· Brazilian (Boi-tata)

Boi-tata is a dragon-like creature, occasionally similar to a snake or serpent of the Brazilian Indian civilization.

· Chilean (Caicaivilu and Tentenvilu)

Caicaivilu is the god of sea and Tentenvilu is the god of earth. Both are snake-type appearing in the island of Chiloe in Chile.

· Inca (Amaru)

The Inca society also perceives Amaru as somewhat like a snake. Their last emperor is Tupak Amaru which means “Lord Dragon”.

· Meso-American (Quetzalcoatl)

Quetzalcoatl is a feathered serpent god allegedly responsible for bestowing knowledge to mankind and occasionally the representation of death and restoration.

Asian Dragons

· Chinese (Lóng or Loong)

It is known as the Oriental or Eastern dragon. It is elongated, has 4 claws and similar to a snake. It has been a powerful representation of promising supremacy in the Chinese legends and art.

· Indonesian

Naga is a legendary creature famous in all of Indonesia, particularly those who practice Hindu traditions. It is believed to be godly, generous, and compassionate. It is commonly associated with forests and holy mountains.

· Japanese (Ryu)

Comparable to Chinese dragons but has 3 claws instead of 4. They are kind and can grant wishes.

· Korean (Yong, yo or kyo)

Considered as the dragon of the sky and typically associated with water and climate. They are basically similar with the Chinese Lóng dragon.

· Philippine (Bakonawa)

Bakonawa is depicted as an enormous serpent that survives in the ocean. Earliest inhabitants believed that it comes up from the sea and swallow the moon. It was told that natives would go out of their dwellings and create noises with their pan and pots so that the Bakonawa would spit out the moon back into heaven.

· Vietnamese (R?ng or Long)

Their bodies are curved gracefully with 12 parts that signify the 12 months in a year. It is believed that they control weather conditions.

European Dragons

· Asturian

The Cuelebre are gigantic serpents that can exist for many centuries. They have a poisonous breath and usually eat cattle’s. They live in caves and believed to be protecting some treasures.

· Germanic & Scandinavian Dragon or the Lindworm

They are serpent-like, either has 2 or no legs at all. The Lindworm does have similarities with wyvern.

· Portuguese (Coca)

Coca is considered as a female dragon that had a fight with Saint George. It was believed that after Saint George cut off her one ear, she suddenly loses her strength.

· Romanian

The Balaur is very huge and well known for its multiple heads.

Source by Andreas Niklasson