Dragons: A Global Phenomenon Essay

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Human idealism has been the spawn of hundreds of mythical creature’s, crafting representations and symbolism with each new beast. Creature’s became the living embodiment of values that were held highly, often falling into folklore that involved human interests. One of the most globally used, and recognized creatures’s in our history is the dragon. A creature that not only appears in a variety of cultures, but has individual symbolism and traits attuned with each. Even today the idea of what is a dragon can differ from each individual. While most people in the modern day believe that all dragons are fire breathing terrors, it is a misconception of the idealism behind dragons. Dragons have taken many forms from fire-breathing monsters, to …show more content…
Martínez ). It could even be laid to claim that slaying a dragon, was in way the slaying of the evils that they represented in western cultures (Layton Robin). With the ideal of evil dragons centered firmly in belief of the western culture, this symbolism moved into the works of the Christian Bible.
Dragons who have become part of the folklore of many civilizations was already beginning to represent new ideals in the Christian faith as it took their image and worked it into their scriptures. “The Apocalypse Dragon” was beast that symbolizes the “incarnation of all evil” that foreshadowed the arrival of disasters (Pérsico Marisa E. Martínez). As the bible described this bringer of disasters, “In the sky appeared another signal, and I saw a dragon whose color was the fire, and had seven heads and ten horns, and on each head it had its own crown” (Apocalypse, 12:13). In the New Testaments the dragon is mentioned again, fighting against the angels while in heaven, but ultimately being defeated and casted from the kingdom of heaven (Revelation 12:3-4,7,9,13,16,17). This once again brings back the firm idea of the evil of the dragon, but this time in this form as the ultimate evil Satan. In many forms of literature Satan such as the Garden of Eve story used the symbolism of snakes to represent Satan, and this potentially carried over into dragons with newer translations of…

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