A dragon is a fearsome, serpentine creature. Dragons have supernatural powers and often represent powerful natural forces.
Dragons in Ancient MythEdit
The word dragon comes from the Greek drakon, meaning a python or serpent. The word probably comes from a word meaning "clear sight."
Dragons in East AsiaEdit
The Chinese dragon is rather different than the European. These dragons are commonly depicted as spirits or ministers of nature, and often have a benevolent side.
Dragons in the Middle AgesEdit
In the Middle Ages, dragons became a popular motif, and the dragon became a popular symbol for Satan's aggression. Saint George and the dragon became an especially popular subject. Dragons of the Middle Ages in Europe often spat fire or poison and were often represented with wings.
Dragons in the AmericasEdit
The most famous American dragon was Quetzalcoatl, the "feathered serpent," a prominent deity.
Dragons in Popular MediaEdit
Dragons have appeared in a variety of roles. A dragon is the central antagonist of the film Dragonslayer, while a friendly Luck Dragon aids the hero in the book and film, The Neverending Story. Most are patterned after the European dragon, but even in the USA and Europe, the Asian lung dragon has influenced how dragons are perceived.