What are Dragons?
There are a great many different varieties of beasts out there that have been labeled or could be labeled as dragons in one point of time or another. Dragons are usually depicted as being scaly winged creatures, either benevolent or malevolent, and often with magical powers. Some believe that they existed on Earth once, while others believe they are specifically a spiritual or inter-dimensional group of creatures. Dragons, however, come in many shapes and sizes, and many different cultures and places have heard of or known of a "dragon" at one point or another. What Were They Like?
Dragons, having never been confirmed to exist on Earth, have no defined set of personality traits or ideals that can be called upon. However, we do know a lot about their physical traits throughout the ages, and the cultures they were said to have come from.
Some common dragons and their physical traits:
Chinese Dragons- Long serpentlike beasts with two pairs of legs, and horns. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
, made up of many different animals.
Hydra- Multi-headed dragon, with no wings and two pairs of legs.
European dragons- Dragons commonly depicted as six limbed creatures, possessing wings, and two pairs of legs.
Lindworm- Wingless dragons with only one pair of legs, and the ability to inject venom into its prey. They are considered Wyrms, a bigger subset of dragons that are like Lindworms.
Wyvern- Dragon with one pair of wings, one pair of legs (like modern birds) and a spiky clubbed tail. Was said to have the ability to inject both venom into it's prey, and more rarely breathe fire.
Drak- Similar to the Wyvern but multi-headed.
Cockatrice- Dragon like creature, shaped similarly to the Wyvern, but with the ability to stare down prey and kill it right then and there. Some myths state that they can do this instead by breathing on their prey, and a cockatrice is said to be born when either a toad or a snake incubates a chicken egg.
Naga- Dragons who resemble a cobra. They are usually depicted without arms and legs, but when they do have them, they usually have two pairs, arranged similarly to the Chinese dragon.
Neek- Similar to Nagas, except they have multiple heads and no limbs. Myths and Misconceptions
There are many myths revolving around dragons to this day. Now, let's tackle some of the more common ones:All dragons are elemental beings/spiritual creatures.
Not all dragons are like this. In fact, there are a great many who were dragons but were like regular Earth creatures otherwise in habits, function, and design. All dragons were fire-breathing lizards with scales and huge wings.
Not true. In recorded mythology, dragons actually started out as huge serpents, gradually gaining the features that now make up what mainstream society perceives as a dragon. There are many dragon types, such as the lindworm, and the well known Chinese dragon, that do not share these features.All dragons could fly.
Actually, there are a lot of dragons in mythology that couldn't fly, and even ones with wings were rarely mentioned as being flying creatures.
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