When is a Dragon not a Dragon?

To answer this question we need to explore what is a dragon? There have been many different definitions of a dragon. What affects the definition of a dragon seems to be culture and when the definition occurred. In much of northern Europe a dragon was thought of as having no extremities: no arms or legs. It was really a long worm like creature but with a mouth and teeth. The dragon as thought of by the Chinese also has not extremities. In the United Kingdom, now a dragon is thought of as having arms and legs. This was always the case in all parts of the United Kingdom and you could see the article 'What is the Lambton Worm? ' for more information on this.

Also Wales has many tales of dragons: Wales is a part of the United Kingdom. The welsh think of a dragon as having arms and legs. So there are clearly two main definitions of dragons. All seem to be completely different: whether a species has arms and legs surely is a very large difference. But there is so much more to it. After all there are crocodiles and alligators and these may some of the species which began the idea of a dragon in some parts of the world.

Also there is the kimodo dragon. While this is named a dragon it is really just a large lizard. Perhaps the one trait that dragons of legend have I common is the ability to breathe fire: something which none of the living creatures which may have inspired dragons can do. But how about the dinosaurs: although thought of as being dead even in the earliest times when man walked the Earth: there skeletons still existed. Perhaps the dragon has roots in the found skeletons of dinosaurs: actually the name for dragon in Latin. But still as far as we know, none of these dinosaurs breathed fire. The matter becomes more complicated as the Japanese royal family having the right to rule was originally based upon them being part dragon: being related to the dragon king.

This is not unique as many royal lines trace back to the same idea. However as royal lines all seem to be related this is not so unusual. There is even a dragon society which tells of the dragon roots of royalty. The late Princess Dianna once told a friend that the royal family are all reptiles. This does not mean that royalty are necessarily all dragons: I am sure there is much information against this, and also some for this position. But it does mean that along with all our definition of dragons we have to include people who are possibly part dragon. The fact the Chinese believed: many still do: that dragons can take human form.

Most people think of dragons as not existing in fact. Those that believe that dragons exist think of them as less physical and more magical beings. There is much difference in people's definition of a dragon. It varies from large thin things with extremities to without them. It may also include dinosaurs, living animals such as crocodiles. Some people believe in dragons having the ability to change shape: so almost anything could be a dragon.

It can also include people who may be dragons in the shape of humans or humans that are part dragon. So when is a dragon not a dragon? Well a dragon is not a dragon when you have a different definition to another person. It is a person's definition that classifies a dragon as a dragon. To one person a dragon must be large and lizard like and breathe fire. To another it may even be a person. To another still a dragon may include dinosaurs. To some people a crocodile is a living dragon, to another so is the Japanese Emperor or any royal family or even the aristocracy. To another there are no dragons at all.

Written by: S Rob, an Occult Consultant, UK

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