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I found a fun video on Youtube on a channel called Bills Channel.
The video is titled 10 Amazing Things About Dragons.
This video was made for Bills Channel by another Youtuber with a channel called
Search Bills Channel for more on dragons. I noticed he has one about a Night Fury.
Also check out the Be Amazed channel for fun short documentary style videos on a variety of subjects.
It may not officially be summer yet, but we have already hit triple digit heat.
I love a nice cup of hot coffee in the mornings, but lately it has been too hot to enjoy it.
I found these fun iced coffee recipes on a website called domestically Creative
Some of these are more dessert like than morning “wake me up” drinks, but they all look deliciously cool and refreshing.
Click on the image above or the blue links to go to domesticallycreative.com for the recipes.
I hope you have enjoyed exploring the wonderful exhibit from the
and their section on dragons titled: Dragons – Creatures of Power.
I am finishing up this tour with links to the last three sections:
Revered above all other creatures in East Asian tradition, the dragon is also a symbol of imperial rule. The Chinese emperor was known as “the dragon.” His hands were the dragon’s claws, and his seat was the dragon throne. United with heaven and earth, a wise emperor ruled in harmony with the cosmos and brought peace and prosperity to all.
Chinese dragons are said to spend winter on the floor of a lake or the ocean. Each spring they rise to the heavens with a clap of thunder, to form clouds and water the land. The dragons embroidered on imperial robes are shown soaring up to the sky from the sea, represented by the broad expanse of diagonal lines near the hem.
“There once was a king with magical powers who ruled the kingdom of Kuqa, near the western border of China. In those days, the markets were rich in gold, silver and precious gems. But one night, a mischievous dragon turned these treasures to charcoal, and the wealth of the kingdom was lost. So the king struck back. He took up his sword, tracked down the dragon and leaped on its back. Furious, the dragon belched fire like lightning, then soared to the sky. The king remained calm. ‘If you don’t surrender,’ he quietly told the dragon, ‘I’ll cut off your head.’ ‘Please don’t kill me!’ the dragon cried. ‘I’ll take you wherever you want to go!’ And from that time on, the king traveled by dragon instead of by horse, flying swiftly all over the realm.”
–based on a story from the Silk Road, recorded by Chinese scholar Li Fang (AD 925-996)
In legends and folktales, dragons are magical–yet early naturalists often treated these creatures as part of the natural world. Biologists in Europe once wrote accounts of the behavior and habitat of dragons, along with lizards and snakes. Chinese scholars have classified the dragon as one of the 369 animal species with scales. Long before the development of paleontology, people unearthed fossilized bones in Asia and Europe–and believed they had found the remains of dragons from an earlier age.
“The dragons of the mountains have scales of a golden color, and in length excel those of the plain, and they have bushy beards, which also are of a golden hue; and their eye is sunk deep under the eyebrow, and emits a terrible and ruthless glance.”
–Greek scholar Philostratus (c. AD 170-245)
To read the full article click on the blue links above.
Be sure to explore more of the current and past exhibits on their website:
Click on any of the blue links to go to the museums website.
“None of the animals is so wise as the dragon. His blessing power is not a false one. He can be smaller than small, bigger than big, higher than high, and lower than low.”
The dragons of East Asian legend have sweeping powers. They breathe clouds, move the seasons, and control the waters of rivers, lakes, and seas. They are linked with yang, the masculine principle of heat, light, and action, and opposed to yin, the feminine principle of coolness, darkness, and repose. Dragons have been part of East Asian culture for more than 4,000 years. In the religious traditions of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism, they have been honored as sources of power and bringers of rain.
“The dragon’s horns resemble those of a stag, his head that of a camel, his eyes those of a demon, his neck that of a snake, his belly that of a clam, his scales those of a carp, his claws those of an eagle, his soles those of a tiger, his ears those of a cow.”
–Chinese scholar Wang Fu (Han dynasty, 206 BC to AD 220)
I was wandering the internet looking for something interesting for Dragon Thursday. I found the website of the American Museum of Natural History.
I will share this in parts over the next few weeks.
The European Dragon, which is one I often think of when thinking of dragons, is first on the list.
The dragons that lurk in European stories are powerful, wicked and dangerous. In Christian tradition, they can symbolize Satan or sin. Some nest in caves and guard marvelous treasure. When hungry, they may snatch and devour sheep or cattle that wander too near. They may also eat humans–particularly young girls. Epic poems from the Middle Ages tell of warriors and knights who battle cruel and voracious dragons. In some stories, the hero slays his foe and wins fortune and honor. In others, he fails and is killed.
In European tales, dragons often live deep inside caves, or in marshes near places where farm animals graze. Some sleep during the day, and go on the rampage after night falls.
The dragon began to belch out flames
and burn bright homesteads; there was a hot glow
that scared everyone, for the vile sky-winger
would leave nothing alive in his wake.”
–Beowulf, AD 700-1000
To read the entire section on European Dragons click HERE
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