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FC: Ancient Chinese Dragons | By: Jacquelyn

1: I dedicate this book to my 6th grade friends and my family

3: Of all the mythical beasts in ancient China, none were more important than the dragon. Images of dragons are used even today in art, festivals and ceremonies. Many cultures around the world have their own dragon legends, but none of them are as interesting or detailed as the Chinese legends. Dragons were believed to be cunning, intelligent, beautiful, frightening and deadly, having a huge arsenal of breath weapons. From poison gas to bursts of flame, dragons had lots of ways to kill people. Because of their power and intelligence, dragons were honored and feared, and the ancient Chinese used their images in many aspects of their daily life.

4: Dragons are found not just in China, but all around the world. The dragons’ locations spread over 6 continents! Europe has the European dragon, and the Knucker living there. Knucker is a word for a kind of water dragon, which in European legends apparently caused a lot of trouble, consuming local livestock and even villagers. The European dragon is generally depicted as having an underground lair or cave, making it an ancient creature of the earth element. The dragons that live in the Americas are the Frost Dragon (which lives in Greenland), the Mexican Amphithere, and the American Amphithere.The Frost dragon is among the smallest and least intelligent of dragon kind. Frost Dragons are merely feral predators. The snowy faces of these wintery beasts show ferocity rather than the slyness of their more powerful relatives. The Frost Dragon has large, plated scales in various pale shades and prefers cold, icy climates. The Wyvern lives in Africa and the Marsupial dragon lives in Australia. Despite supposedly being stupid, Wyverns are rather deadly and cunning in combat. They prefer to always be in flight, and take any opportunity to take flight if not doing so already.

5: The dragons that live in Asia are the Tibetan dragon, and the Asian and Chinese lung. The Tibetan dragon lives in (you guessed it!) Tibet, while the Asian lung lives in Indonesia and our beloved Chinese Lung lives in, of course, China! While the Chinese lung has no single habitat, the Asian lung usually lives in underwater caves.

6: In addition to its teeth, talons and tail, the dragons’ most deadly weapon is its breath. A dragon’s breath can be dangerous in so many ways that it is nearly impossible to list them all. Some of the many ways involve venom, fire, poisonous gases, ice, acid, lightning bolts, pure light, and pure darkness. The names explain themselves but here are some of the descriptions. Venom is transferred either by inhaling it or by being bitten. Fire breath is like normal fire but the dragon blows it out like a jet, making escape next to impossible. Poisonous gases could probably immediately kill you if inhale it deeply. Ice shards are one of the most unique breath weapons because you are literally running away from two foot long ice spikes flying at you at about 60mph. Acid breath will slowly rot your skin and flesh until you are just a pile of bones. Lightning bolts are just going to shock you to death and then the dragon can play with your pile of bones like a puppet. The pure light weapon is used to blind a dragon’s enemies or prey, allowing the dragon to attack and kill with little resistance. Pure darkness is exactly the opposite of pure light and so the dragon could absolutely, but not literally, blind its enemy or prey, which would end up walking right into the dragon. As you can see, because the dragon is a fierce predator, virtually all of its weapons are offensive. When you are the biggest, meanest creature around, who need defensive weapons? | In addition to its teeth, talons and tail, the dragons’ most deadly weapon is its breath. A dragon’s breath can be dangerous in so many ways that it is nearly impossible to list them all. Some of the many ways involve venom, fire, poisonous gases, ice, acid, lightning bolts, pure light, and pure darkness. The names explain themselves but here are some of the descriptions. Venom is transferred either by inhaling it or by being bitten. Fire breath is like normal fire but the dragon blows it out like a jet, making escape next to impossible. Poisonous gases could probably immediately kill you if inhale it deeply. Ice shards are one of the most unique breath weapons because you are literally running away from two foot long ice spikes flying at you at about 60mph.Acid breath will slowly rot your skin and flesh until you are just a pile of bones. Lightning bolts are just going to shock you to death and then the dragon can play with your pile of bones like a puppet.

7: The pure light weapon is used to blind a dragon’s enemies or prey, allowing the dragon to attack and kill with little resistance. Pure darkness is exactly the opposite of pure light and so the dragon could absolutely, but not literally, blind its enemy or prey, which would end up walking right into the dragon. As you can see, because the dragon is a fierce predator, virtually all of its weapons are offensive. When you are the biggest, meanest creature around, who need defensive weapons?

8: The origin of the Chinese dragon came from the ancient Chinese clans. Each clan had its own unique totem showing different animals. The ancient Chinese believed that totem worship could bring them good luck, so they offered sacrifices to the gods represented in the totem animals. The sacrifices were believed to bring those good harvests and favorable weather. The dragon evolved from the interpretation of existing animals that were carved into the totems, which changed over time as different clans merged with one another. Specifically, dragons probably evolved from images of a snake-like fish that appeared in totems in Banpo, a village on the Eastern outskirts of Xi’an province in the Yellow River Valley. The Banpo images are thought to be around 6,000 years old. Crocodiles are also believed to be a source of dragon legends, since they share some of the same characteristics. It would also explain why so many dragon legends include water. Later (but still early in China’s history), people thought that dinosaur fossils were actually dragon bones.

9: They ground the bones into powder to use in magical and medical tonics. Since no one had seen a real, living dragon, they were able to give them whatever appearance and physical characteristics they wanted, or that served the purpose of their stories.

10: When compared to their relatives, the Chinese dragons are quite different from the others. The formal name of the Chinese Lung is the Lindworm. The Lindworm had two legs, but no wings. Likewise, the Tibetan dragon was wingless. Dragons from outside China typically had four legs and a pair of wings. While the African Wyvern also had only two legs, it had a full set of wings, so it was a sort of cross between the Chinese and other dragons. While the Knucker had a set of wings, they were vestigial, meaning they served no real purpose, so the Knucker could not fly. The dragons that were most unlike the Lindworm were the American and Mexican Amphitheres. Neither had legs, but both had wings; the American version had moth like wings, and the Mexican version had feathery wings.Most other dragons had four legs, including the Knucker, the Marsupial dragon, the European dragon, the Tibetan dragon and the Frost dragon. One unusual characteristic of the Asian Lung is that it had a mane, which is usually shown as being blue.

11: Another dragon with an unusual characteristic is the Marsupial dragon, which had a fiery pouch, in which to carry its young. As you would expect, dragons had different colored hides, usually suited to their environment. For instance, the European dragon, which lived in the dark forests of Europe, had a dark hide. The Frost dragon, on the other hand, was light colored in order to blend into its icy surroundings in Greenland. Chinese dragons are usually depicted as red, which was the Emperor’s lucky color.

12: Like many cultures, the ancient Chinese used legends to explain their world and environment. Since they could give dragons any powers they wished, dragons were a favorite subject of these legends. Over the years, these legends became very detailed, sometimes humorous and sometimes frightening. One of the most famous and interesting legends is the Dragon’s Pearl. The story concerns a poor boy who found a large bunch of sweet, juicy grass, which he cut and sold at the market. Each time he came back to the hill, the grass had grown back, so he kept cutting it down to sell.

13: One day, when he cut the grass, he noticed a small pearl on the ground. He took the pearl home, and after that the grass refused to grow again. At home, the boy put the pearl into his mother’s rice container. The next day, the container was overflowing with rice. By leaving the pearl in the rice container, it continually refilled itself. The boy’s mother decided to try the same thing with her jewelry box; when it worked, they become wealthy. When their neighbors saw the newfound wealth, they came to investigate the source. In order to keep their secret, the boy put the pearl in his mouth, but the neighbors saw him do it. They began to shake him to get the pearl out, but instead he accidentally swallowed the pearl. Instantly, the boy began transforming into a dragon. As he changed, he ran toward the river, all the while looking back at his mother. To this day, the new dragon’s tracks are visible at the riverside, and they are still called “Looking Back at Mother.”

15: You can tell that dragons were important in ancient Chinese culture because today, you can find Chinese dragons not just all over China, but in every Chinese restaurant around the world. Its images appear on clothes, tattoos, posters, plates and chopstick wrappers. From Harry Potter to Jackie Chan movies, Chinese dragons have become an important part of not just Chinese culture, but of cultures all over the world.

17: Quiz | 1. Name two different breath attacks a dragon could use. 2. How were dragons first thought up? 3. Which dragon had a mane? 4. What are the river banks called? 5. Which dragon caused the most mischief?

18: Bibliography | Works Cited Answers, Wiki. “What Do Dragons Breathe.” WikiAnswers. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2010. Daily, China. “Origin of Chinese Dragon.” Google. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2010. . Drake, Dr. Ernest. Dragonology. Ed. Dugald A Steer. (USA): Templar, 2003. Print. Pedia, Wiki. “Chinese Dragon.” Wikipedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2010. . Sanders, Tao Tao Liu, and Johnny Pau. Dragons, Gods, & Spirits. New York: Eurobook Ltd. England, 1980. Print. Wyly, Michael J. Dragons. San Diego: Lucent, 2002. Print.

19: Bibliography For Pictures | http://scrapetv.com/News/News%20Pages/Everyone%20Else/images/chinese-dragon-red.jpg http:// www.t-shirt-custom-design.com/Admin/Database/Photos/29__Dragon_pearlSMALL.jpg http://farm1.static.flickr.com/71/154223832_4151902c55.jpg?v=0 http://www.dragonspace.co.uk/fire%20breathing%20green%20dragon.jpg http://s.bebo.com/app-image/7925704095/5411656627/PROFILE/i.quizzaz.com/img/q/u/08/04/04/IceDragon.jpg http://www.flux.utah.edu/~aclement/templair/collection/Jeff%20Easley%20-%20Unknown%20-%20Blue%20dragons%20on%20a%20shore.jpg http://media.photobucket.com/image/European%20Knucker/Umbreon3/Dragons/KnuckerScratch-1.png http://www.dragon-z.org/Chinese_Dragon2.jpg http://noreaster-design.com/annalise/dragons/page1/files/new_chinese_dragon.jpg

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