Mythological Creatures: Dragons

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Dragons have been a part of folklore and myths for thousands of years. Almost every world culture references the dragon, begging the question - did they exist? Dragons were known for being wise creatures, knowledgeable in a lot of different subjects. In addition, they were also seen as spiritual creatures in some communities. They were anything but ordinary and were considered magical creatures. The spiritual concept attributed to these creatures are mostly associated with East Asian cultures - such as China and Japan...

Most dragons are viewed as large reptiles, with wings to be able to fly. However in cultures in East Asia, most dragons are depicted as large snakes rather than beasts of the sky. In some instances they are known to breathe fire. In others, they are known to spit poison at their foes. Other depictions of dragons suggest that they had dorsal spines all the way up and down their back. Although these reptiles are depicted as very large entities, their skin is usually made of scales or in the rarest of cases - feathers. The wings of dragons are often up to debate - some suggest that these magnificent creatures have bat-like wings. The number of legs a dragon has is completely dependent on the culture of the mythology. In European myths, dragons are shown to have four legs, while in China and Japan they are seen to have only two legs or no legs at all. In Greek mythology, there are records of the dragons that were often either guides to heroes or they served as opponents. Examples of this include Hydra, Medea’s dragons and many others. The Colchian dragon was in charge of guarding the golden fleece in the mythological story of Jason and the heroes that participated in the journey to retrieve the golden fleece. In Norse mythology, there is a dragon that appears to be snake-like that is known as the World Serpent. Other instances where dragons are mentioned are in Egyptian and Indonesian mythologies.