Chinese Dragon

By: Ryan H

BELIEFS

The people of China have a longstanding belief that they are descendants of the Chinese Dragon. They have regarded the dragon as an auspicious creature with the power to bless and influence their daily lives. The Chinese people also believe that the dragon had nine sons. Each son possesses a supernatural power and acts almost like a god.
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Imagery

The image of the dragon has undergone a series of changes over centuries, creating an image that is strong and beautiful. The dragon is a mix of what the Chinese thought would create a beautiful and mighty creature. The dragon has the characteristics of many animals. Such as the head of a camel, the horns of a stag, the eyes of a demon, the ears of a cow, the neck of a snake, the belly of a clam, the scales of a carp, the claws of an eagle, the paws of a tiger and the teeth of a horse. The dragon can be many different colors, yellow, white, red, blue and black and some colors have a different meaning.
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Meaning of the image and the colors

When the dragon is the color yellow, it is a sign of power. This is why emperors would wear silk gowns that were yellow with dragons stitched on to it. Some of the characteristics that the dragon has, have a symbolic meaning. The claws of an eagle are a sign of bravery. The ears of a cow are a sign of success. The eyes of a demon are a sign of power. The fishes tail or the scales of a carp are the sign of flexibility. The horses teeth are a sign of diligence.

What does it symbolizes

The dragon is a symbol of china's strength. This mighty creature also symbolizes China's wealth and prosperity.
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