Where did the idea of dragons come from?
What do dragons mean to people?
I was searching for the answer to this question not so long ago. I plan on writing a hub on this in the next few days. Follow me if you would like to know my findings. To make it short and sweet. Our ancesters found bones of dinasours.
It is a long answer, and only seems to apply to Europe and Asia, it would be interesting to see if there are pre-Colombian myths of dragons in the Americas, some of the ancient carvings from S. America suggest there is. Are there myths in pre-European Africa and Australasia?
The word comes from Greek, drakos, and relates to any giant serpent whether legendary or not, which in turn is rooted in the, Sanskrit? derk, meaning clear vision.
Put the query in google and have fun doing some research, there's loads of stuff, but probably no definitive answer of where the idea came from.
Monsters from the Id?
A common theory is that the mythology began from ancient people finding dinosaur bones and creating dragons as a way to explain the existence of the bones.
Nobody is sure where the idea of dragons first arose, but many anthropologists which have touched upon the subject tend to agree the idea of a large reptilian animal is universal among human beings.
One hypothesis is that the dragon embodies Nature in its powerful glory, being an amalgamation of ferocious animal components which humans lack. How each culture chooses to portray such an elusive yet deadly "creature" - and since in tribal ages there was no way to reliably verify facts - was for each culture to decide. maybe from the dinosaur bones that the natives found
The bible also describes a creature exactly like a dragon starting at Job ch.41. Although, the true description starts on verse 18. So many peoples and civs have spoken of huge reptilian creatures, there must be an element of truth to them
The idea dragons came from dinosaurs. In China, there are dragon bones for sale, and when scientists analysed the "dragon" bones, they found that they are infact dinosaur bones. So there goes your answer. Idea of dragons came from dinosaurs.
It is interesting, however, to note that I was party to some research on why they breath fire only to find that most of those myths center around a section of Europe during a meteor shower that was particularly spectacular.
The idea of the dragon came from the Bible. Though it does' nt state the word dragon there but it describes it there. And referring to the Bible, you'll also know what it means.
It's in the Bible, particularly in the Books of Revelation. Dragon, biblically speaking, is Satanic. It's God's nemesis. God bless you.
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