In our last class, we discussed 3 animals on the zodiac, the rabbit, dragon, and snake. In this blog post I am going to be focusing on the dragon, as it's the animal that interests me the most. I thought dragons were the coolest animals in the world, and the coolest people I knew were born in the year of the dragon.
As a kid, I was always jealous of my brother being born in the year 2000, the year of the dragon. He embodies many traits of the dragon. He is a natural born leader and is well aware of his own worth. Annoying as he may be at times, he always has sound advice and is one of the greatest people I’ve ever met.
My grandmother was also a dragon, a feisty character who was filled to the brim with confidence and power. She proudly recounted tales of her youth, and took great joy in raising not only my father and uncle, but also my brother and I. She was a determined perfectionist, taking great pride in the fact that her friends referred to her as “whimsical”. Even with her pride, it was true. She was an absolutely whimsical human and someone I strive to be more like every day.
The mythos of the dragon is rich in Japanese culture as well. Dragons are the natural born monarchs, taking three thousand years to hatch from their eggs. They are said to be the guardians of the world, guarding each and every corner. They are shape shifting entities, who often live near water.
Something fascinating I find about dragons is how they are prevalent in so many cultures. Dozens upon dozens of completely separate cultures all have stories involving giant reptilian creatures who can fly. They of course have their differences around all cultures, but the fact that they reappear so often is intriguing. What is it about this set of characteristics that so many different peoples have clung on to?
All in all, I find dragons to be fascinating creatures, both as animals in mythos and people I’ve been fortunate enough to meet in my day to day life. The power they hold inspires and amazes me, and I’m grateful for this opportunity to learn more about them.
Brendan. “Meet the Dragons!” Fledgling Heroes, Fledgling Heroes, 8 June 2020, www.fledglingheroes.com/post/meet-the-dragons.
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