The Origin of Dragons

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The Origin of Dragons

The origin of the name “dragons”
by Marisa E. Martínez Pérsico

The dragons were represented throughout the time like great serpents or reptiles that have magical or spiritual qualities. The origin or etymology of the name comes from the Latin: draco, draconis, and its a term used to designate a mythological animal, although also it is called thus to a type of plant, because his flowers resemble a dragon head.

For analogy reasons, they also call dragon to a species of fish, a constellation and an infantry corps, because of the epaulets that are used by the soldiers and because of the painted or carved symbol in its standard which denominates itself dragon.


Returning to these fantastic beings, in the western representations generally the creature is shown with wings, scale body and assigns them the capacity to breathe or send fire.

Eastern mythology habitually does not show them in this form. We do not know the origin of his physical aspect, although it’s believed that it was born spontaneously in different cultures of the world based freely on the aspect of a serpent and dinosaur.

Diverse cultures around the world have perceived them in different form. The Chinese and Eastern dragons consider them benevolent, whereas the European dragons are usually malevolent (although there are exceptions to these rules). The malignant dragons are also in other cultures and in Persian mythology - for example, Azhi Dahaka - .

Often, the dragons present/display an important spiritual meaning. In East it is venerated like symbol of the forces of the nature and the universe. Often it is associated with wisdom and longevity; in the Korean legend, Chinese and Japanese one confers magical powers and positive supernatural energy to them.

In some cultures they attribute them the gift of the word and human qualities. They are extremely popular animals in dinner services, Literature and videos, especially in role playing games.

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