East­ern vs Western dragons

The Simple Things - - LOOKING BACK -

Dragons have ex­isted in East­ern cul­ture for more than 4,000 years. But they could hardly be fur­ther from the their Euro­pean coun­ter­parts. Far from the dark, slimy char­ac­ters found loaf­ing in the long bar­rows and bogs of Bri­tain, they tend to be colour­ful mag­nif­i­cent beasts. While Western dragons are usu­ally ‘bad’ and anti-re­li­gious, East­ern dragons are sym­bols of no­bil­ity, luck and ho­li­ness.

In myth, they bring rain to drought-stricken ar­eas, in pageantry (think Chi­nese New Year), they’re sym­bols of hope, rather than as a beast to be van­quished. And, in­stead of steal­ing and hoard­ing gold, East­ern dragons are known for bring­ing for­tune. We’re re­ally not sure what Western dragons are bring­ing to the party now we think about it…

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