A dragon "is a legendary creature, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures. There are two distinct cultural traditions of dragons: the European dragon, derived from European folk traditions and ultimately related to Greek and Middle Eastern mythologies, and the Chinese dragon, with counterparts in Japan (namely the Japanese dragon), Korea and other East Asian countries.
The two traditions may have evolved separately, but have influenced each other to a certain extent, particularly with the cross-cultural contact of recent centuries. The English word "dragon" derives from Greek δράκων (drákōn), "dragon, serpent of huge size, water-snake"."
- Dragon (zodiac) (Wikipedia)
There Be Dragons!
"Stories of enormous, terrifying reptilian beasts have been part of folklore around the world for longer than the written record can tell us.
And while the beasts in these stories vary greatly, they have several traits in common: they are virtually always depicted as having snakelike
or lizardlike bodies, they’re almost always covered or partially covered in scales, and they often (but not always) have wings.
Here are some of the most historically significant dragonlike beasts ever recorded."
"Fun facts - Creature catalog : angels, beasts, dragons, water serpents,
fairies, giants" with simple exlanations, descriptions and superstitions.
Dragon in Thailand
"17 storey building dragon extends from the ground to the roof. Interesting place, friendly people. The dragon is hollow and can walk in it,
but the top of the building is usually inaccessible. Monks live on second and third floors (very dark and no working elevator).
I was told the building may be converted to a university to teach new monks in the future. The temple grounds are quite large the have many shrines in various animal shapes, including a huge turtle shaped entrance to a cave, and large elephant that makes noise when put coin in.
Large monitor lizards up to 2 metre long, patrol the extensive garden."
- Dragons : Craft - Games - Jokes - Short stories
- A Dragon - a limerick (familyfriendpoems.com)