Dragons are the kings of the mythical creatures. They have inhabited our world for thousands of years because somehow and somewhere, they exist.
Although science does not contemplate them, religions and beliefs do and are part of the human narrative.
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The dragon was for the ancients a primordial force older than man’s very existence and has always been related to the creation of the world. But also with its destruction.
If there is a mythological animal loaded with symbolism, it is undoubtedly the dragon. Now, the approach to it in the East and the West seems, in principle, very disparate.
The dragon is found in different cultures that initially had no contact with each other, so we will see a description of the various dragons that populated the collective imagination of the rest of the world’s inhabitants.
The dragon appears in the mythologies of virtually every culture globally, with multiple attributes and variations, so there is no single global symbolism that we can refer to.
In China, dragons can symbolize good luck, thunder, or wisdom. They are often associated with goodness and prosperity, as they are considered to bring rain and therefore are beneficial to crops.
In the same line of considering them as protectors, carved dragons appear on Vietnamese houses’ roofs, as they are believed to protect the homes from fires.
On the other hand, the fact that the dragon is associated with the myth of creation in many Eastern cultures makes its figure a representation of ancestral wisdom and related to the generation of life and sexual potency.
On the other hand, in the West, the dragon is usually a dual symbol: the first dragons in European mythology were beings of a divine or magical character, but in most cases, they were associated with dark, unknown, or directly negative realities, from the fall of man into sin because of the serpent in Jewish beliefs to being guardians of the underworld in the Greco-Latin tradition.
They still symbolized specific positive values, such as strength and courage, but more relevance is given to their negative values, often associating them with evil, envy, greed.
The myth of the dragons that guard treasures and devastate cities, which is the most extended today, unites all the negative symbolism about these beings.
However, the western dragon also symbolizes power, and throughout history, there have been cases in which the dragon has been used as a teacher.
An interesting case is that of two chivalry orders of the Lower Middle Ages: the Order of the Knights of Saint George and the Society of the Dragon Knights, which identified as “the dragon” the enemy of Christian faith, that is, Ottoman Turks.
One of the Knights of the Order of the Dragon was Vlad Tepes, Emperor of Wallachia, who is the real character that inspired the myth of Dracula.
Already in the Hellenic culture, the dragon represents the guardian of hidden treasures, and it is to him that we must face being able to access them.
But what is it that the dragon hides that make us in the West so afraid of it that makes it seem demonic?
The dragon encloses our part of the shadow, which is in us and which, despite the inner strength it has, we do not want to accept but which is there.
The shadow is a reality of the dual world that makes us that if we love something, we hate the opposite, that if we want this, we avoid that. Purity cannot exist in a dual world, and that is what the dragon is in charge of, telling us that there is a part of the shadow in us.
The famous idea of unconditional love is only possible if there is no shadow, and because it is not always possible to live like this, we fear the dragon.
In short: the dragon defends everything we don’t want to see. That’s why we fear him. What is it then to defeat the dragon?
It is to reach the purity of non-dual feeling and thinking; it is to face life from a position of authentic Enlightenment; it is to transcend our human condition to start entering the Spiritual dimension.