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In oriental mythology, the dragon has always had a powerful image. In such essentially pagan forms of religion, dragons were often associated with magical attributes. Chinese dragons are revered and worshipped and imagery on objects of art show that this reverence dates back to as early as 618 AD.

In China, dragons were believed to possess magical powers that enabled them to control natural elements and as such they were revered and worshipped through places like China, Japan and Korea. Different dragons had different associations like, the Chinese Lung dragon was believed to be good and has associations with rainfall (the boon of farmers), while other dragons may have been associated with storms and torrents. Still other dragons like Azure Dragons were symbols of spring.

Dragons were believed to possess powers that were related to nature and were associated with natural elements like rainfall, droughts and storms. Consequently, in chinese art dragon is a revered symbol. The Lung dragon, in Chinese mythology, is one of four main animal figures that were seen to be or rather believed to be well-meaning or were symbols of good luck. Of these the dragon, probably because of its obviously powerful image, became a symbol of the Chinese emperor.

In any authentic art drawing of a chinese dragon, there are typically nine points that must be adhered to. chinese dragon clip art and Chinese dragon imagery as a whole must have nine basic elements, that are borrowed from nine different animals. In that sense, the Chinese dragon is a combination of these nine animals.

A Chinese dragon is supposed to have a camelís head, fish scales, a stagís horns, the eyes of a rabbit, the ears of a bull, the belly of a clam and the claws of an eagle. Aside from this, a snakeís image is demonstrated in the length of the dragonís neck.

There is a school of thought that claims that Chinese dragon imagery actually had its roots in Indian mythology. The Chinese legend of the dragon may have, evolved from the Indian mythological figures known as the Nagas or snake-people. Chinese dragons, however, fall into four categories or groups. The Tien-lung or celestial dragon is associated with the Gods, Shen-lung or spiritual dragon is responsible for the wind and the rain, the Ti-lung or the earth dragon is associated with earthly water-bodies and the last dragon known as Futís-lung is the Underworld dragon and is the guardian of precious stones.

Chinese dragon imagery is so old that it can be seen in crockery that dates back to the Ming dynasty, vases that are dated to have been created in the mid sixteenth century, and even in the form of statues that are dated to have been sculpted as far back as 618AD. Chinese museums abound with curios and vases that portray dragon imagery and depending on the type of dragon and the detail of the image such curios can be extremely costly

Author ~ Anjana Vaswani


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