The symbol of the dragon represents spiraling DNA - the path into greater enlightenment.
Celestial Chinese Dragon is comparable as the symbol of the Chinese
race itself. Chinese around the world, proudly proclaim themselves
"Lung Tik Chuan Ren" (Descendents of the Dragon). Dragons are referred
to as the divine mythical creature that brings with it ultimate
abundance, prosperity and good fortune.
the emblem of the Emperor and the Imperial command, the legend of the
Chinese Dragon permeates the ancient Chinese civilization and shaped
their culture until today. Its benevolence signifies greatness,
goodness and blessings.
Chinese Dragon, or Lung , symbolizes power and excellence, valiancy and
boldness, heroism and perseverance, nobility and divinity. A dragon
overcomes obstacles until success is his. He is energetic, decisive,
optimistic, intelligent and ambitious.
the negative energies associated with Western Dragons, most Eastern
Dragons are beautiful, friendly, and wise. They are the angels of the
Orient. Instead of being hated, they are loved and worshipped. Temples
and shrines have been built to honor them, for they control the rain,
rivers, lakes, and seas. Many Chinese cities have pagodas where people
used to burn incense and pray to dragons.
The Black Dragon Pool Chapel, near Peking, was reserved for the Empress and her court.
worship services took place there on the first and fifteenth of every
month. Dragon shrines and altars can still be seen in many parts of the
Far East. They are usually along seashores and riverbanks, because most
Eastern Dragons live in water.
Isle of the Temple, in Japan's Inland Sea, has become a famous stopover
for pilgrims who meditate and pray to dragons. Both male and female
dragons have mated with humans.
descendants became great rulers. The Japanese Emperor Hirohito traced
his ancestry back 125 generations to Princess Fruitful Jewel, daughter
of a Dragon King of the Sea. Emperors in many Asian countries claimed
to have dragon ancestors. This made them so proud, that everything they
used was decorated with dragons and described in terms of the dragon:
dragon-throne, dragon-robe, dragon-bed, dragon-boat. Calling an emperor
"dragon-face" was a supreme compliment. People believed that rulers
could change themselves into dragons. For hundreds of years, Japanese
emperors sat concealed behind bamboo curtains whenever visitors came.
Anyone who dared to peek was condemned to death.
Everything connected with Eastern Dragons is blessed.
Year of the Dragon, which takes place ever twelve years, is lucky.
Present-day Oriental astrologers claim that children born during Dragon
Years enjoy health, wealth, and long life.
are so wise that they have been royal advisors. A thirteenth-century
Cambodian king spent his nights in a golden tower, where he consulted
with the real ruler of the land a nine-headed dragon.
Dragons are vain, even though they are wise. They are insulted when a
ruler doesn't follow their advice, or when people do not honor their
importance. Then, by thrashing about, dragons either stop making rain
and cause water shortages, or they breathe black clouds that bring
storms and floods. Small dragons do minor mischief, such as making
roofs leak, or causing rice to be sticky. People set off firecrackers
and carry immense paper dragons in special parades. They also race
dragon-shaped boats in water all to please and appease their dragons.
Dragon brings upon the essence of life, in the form of its celestial
breath, known to many as sheng chi. He yields life and bestows its
power in the form of the seasons, bringing water from rain, warmth from
the sunshine, wind from the seas and soil from the Earth.
The Dragon is the ultimate representation of the forces of Mother Nature, the greatest divine force on Earth.
Chinese Dragon is often seen as the symbol of divine protection and
vigilance. It is regarded as the Supreme Being amongst all creatures.
It has the ability to live in the seas, fly up the heavens and coiled
up in the land in the form of mountains. Being the divine mythical
animal, the Dragon can ward off wandering evil spirits, protect the
innocent and bestow safety to all that hold his emblem. The Chinese
Dragon is look upon as the ultimate symbol of Good Fortune.
Year of the Dragon - Personality Traits:
Dragon person is self confident and impulsive and consequently does not
always listen to the advice of others. He is also a perfectionist and
he sets high standards for himself. Although strong and decisive the
Dragon is not manipulative or sly. He refuses to deceive or compromise
and fails to spot subversive intent. He enjoys being in command and
like an emperor holding court he eliminates obstacles until success is
The Wood Dragon is creative, imaginative, and inquisitive. He is both a
thinker and a doer and is capable of brilliant new concepts. His every
move is guided by sound logic. His drive and ambition allow him to put
many of his ideas into practice, nevertheless this Dragon is capable of
concealing his domination and tries not to offend. He will even
compromise if it is advantages. Although not as self-centered as other
Dragons, he is still outspoken and fearless when challenged.
FIRE DRAGON: The
Fire Dragon is the most extroverted and competitive Dragon. He tends to
push too hard and expects a lot from everyone. His criticisms are
objective and he has the ability to arouse massive popular support. His
insatiable ambition can make him short-tempered and intolerant. He is
an empire builder who needs to master his less favorable traits and
learn how to communicate more humbly with people as individuals.
EARTH DRAGON: The
Earth Dragon is a quieter, more reflective Dragon, He will be
appreciative of other's opinions even if he fails to agree with them.
He is reasonable in his approach to problems and his leadership is less
dictatorial. He is not given to outbursts of temper, but at the same
time demands respect. He knows the value of cooperation and is more
diplomatic than the other Dragons. He is ambitious, but his initiatives
are less hurried and more carefully thought out.
The Metal Dragon is the most strong-willed Dragon. He is inflexible,
unbending and combative. He gives little regard to the feelings of
others. This ruthlessness can result in a rapid rise to a position of
authority, but often at the cost of destroying important relationships.
It is futile to attempt to convince him that certain things are simply
undoable. He will go it alone if he can't gain support. He succeeds
because he refuses to accept failure.
WATER DRAGON: The
Water Dragon is less selfish and opinionated than the other Dragons. He
is more inhibited and less power-hungry. He can accept defeat without
recriminations. He makes a good negotiator as he knows when, where, and
how to apply pressure. He has a tendency to be over-optimistic and
needs to learn how to relinquish what is unfeasible so that he can
concentrate his energies on the most rewarding endeavors.
TYPES OF DRAGONS
are nine major types of Chinese dragons. These include the horned
dragon, the winged dragon, the celestial dragon (which supports and
protects the mansions of the gods), the spiritual dragon which
generates wind and rain for the benefit of mankind), the dragon of
hidden treasures (which keeps guard over concealed wealth), the coiling
dragon (which lives in water), and the yellow dragon (which once
emerged from water and presented the legendary Emperor Fu Shi with the
elements of writing)
last of the nine is the dragon king, which actually consists of four
separate dragons, each of which rules over one of the four seas, those
of the east, south, west, and north.
most powerful generalized type of Chinese dragon is the horned dragon,
or lung, which can produce rain and is totally deaf. Additionally,
there is a homeless dragon (Ii) that lives in the ocean and another
type (chiao) that is scale-covered and usually inhabits marshes but
also keeps dens in the mountains.
are also nine ways the Chinese have traditionally represented these
dragons, each one revealing a different dragon characteristic. There
are dragons carved on the tops of bells and gongs, because of the
beast's habit of calling loudly when attacked.
A second type is carved on the screws of fiddles, since most dragons are fond of music.
A third is carved on the tops of stone tablets, because of dragons' love of literature.
A fourth is found at the bottom of stone monuments, as dragons can support heavy weights.
A fifth is placed on the eaves of temples, as dragons are ever alert to danger.
A sixth occurs on the beams of bridges, since dragons are fond of water.
A seventh is carved on Buddha's throne, as dragons like to rest.
An eighth is placed on the hilts of swords, since dragons are known to be capable of slaughter.
The ninth is carved on prison gates, as these are dragons that are fond of quarreling and trouble making.
The colors of Chinese dragons are evidently quite variable, but in the case of the chiao type its back is striped with green, its sides are yellow, and it is crimson underneath.
The nine major characteristics of a lung type
dragon include a head like a camel's, horns like a deer's, eyes like a
hare's, ears like a bull's, a neck like an iguana's, a belly like a
frog's, scales like a carp's, paws like a tiger's, and claws like an
eagle's. It has a pair of large canine teeth in its upper jaw. The
long, tendril-like whiskers extending from either side of its mouth are
probably used for feeling its way along the bottom of muddy ponds.
color dragons varies from greenish to golden, with a series of
alternating short and long spines extending down the back and along the
tail, where they become longer. One specimen had wings at its side, and
walked on top of the water. Another tossed its mane back and forth
making noises that sounded like a flute.
are also common. A ten-footer, found lying on the banks of China's
Yangtze River, was different from most because of its long, thick
eyebrows. A Yellow River variety, seen on shore in the 1920s by a
Chinese teacher, was bright blue, and as big as five cows. Both dragons
crawled into the water as soon as it started to rain.
few dragons begin life as fish. Carp, who successfully jump rapids and
leap over waterfalls, change into fish-dragons. A popular saying, "The
carp has leaped through the dragon's gate," means success, especially
for students who have passed their exams.
dragons sometimes mate with other kinds of animals. A dragon fathers an
elephant when he mates with a pig, and he sires a racehorse, after
mating with a mare.
The 4 Dragons: A Chinese Tale
upon a time, there were no rivers and lakes on earth, but only the
Eastern Sea, in which lived four dragons: the Long Dragon, the Yellow
Dragon, the Black Dragon and the Pearl Dragon.
One day the four dragons flew from the sea into the sky. They soared and dived, playing at hide-and-seek in the clouds.
"Come over here quickly!" the Pearl Dragon cried out suddenly.
up?" asked the other three, looking down in the direction where the
Pearl Dragon pointed. On the earth they saw many people putting out
fruits and cakes, and burning incense sticks. They were praying! A
white-haired woman, kneeling on the ground with a thin boy on her back,
"Please send rain quickly, God of Heaven, to give our children rice to eat.."
there had been no rain for a long time. The crops withered, the grass
turned yellow and fields cracked under the scorching sun.
"How poor the people are!" said the Yellow Dragon. "And they will die if it doesn't rain soon."
The Long Dragon nodded. Then he suggested, "Let's go and beg the Jade Emperor for rain."
So saying, he leapt into the clouds. The others followed closely and flew towards the Heavenly Palace.
in charge of all the affairs in heaven, on earth and in the sea, the
Jade Emperor was very powerful. He was not pleased to see the dragons
rushing in. "Why do you come here instead of staying in the sea and
Long Dragon stepped forward and said, "The crops on earth are withering
and dying, Your Majesty. I beg you to send rain down quickly!"
right. You go back first, I'll send some rain down tomorrow." The Jade
Emperor pretended to agree while listening to the songs of the fairies.
"Thanks, Your Majesty!" The four dragons went happily back.
But ten days passed, and not a drop of rain came down.
people suffered more, some eating bark, some grass roots, some forced
to eat white clay when they ran out of bark and grass roots.
all this, the four dragons felt very sorry, for they knew the Jade
Emperor only cared about pleasure, and never took the people to heart.
They could only rely on themselves to relieve the people of their
miseries. But how to do it?
Seeing the vast sea, the Long Dragon said that he had an idea.
"What is it? Out with it, quickly!" the other three demanded.
is there not plenty of water in the sea where we live? We should scoop
it up and spray it towards the sky. The water will be like rain drops
and come down to save the people and their crops."
"Good idea!" The others clapped their hands.
&Quot;But," said the Long Dragon after thinking a bit, "we will be blamed if the Jade Emperor learns of this."
"I will do anything to save the people," the Yellow Dragon said resolutely.
"Let's begin. We will never regret it." The Black Dragon and the Pearl Dragon were not to be outdone.
flew to the sea, scooped up water in their mouths, and then flew back
into the sky, where they sprayed the water out over the earth. The four
dragons flew back and forth, making the sky dark all around. Before
long the seawater became rain pouring down from the sky.
"It's raining! It's raining!"
"The crops will be saved!"
The people cried and leaped with joy. On the ground the wheat stalks raised their heads and the sorghum stalks straightened up.
The god of the sea discovered these events and reported to the Jade Emperor.
dare the four dragons bring rain without my permission!" The Jade
Emperor was enraged, and ordered the heavenly generals and their troops
to arrest the four dragons. Being far outnumbered, the four dragons
could not defend themselves, and they were soon arrested and brought
back to the heavenly palace.
"Go and get four mountains to lay upon them so that they can never escape!" The Jade Emperor ordered the Mountain God.
Mountain God used his magic power to make four mountains fly there,
whistling in the wind from afar, and pressed them down upon the four
as they were, they never regretted their actions. Determined to do good
for the people forever, they turned themselves into four rivers, which
flowed past high mountains and deep valleys, crossing the land from the
west to the east and finally emptying into the sea. And so China's four
great rivers were formed -- the Heilongjian (Black Dragon) in the far
north, the Huanghe (Yellow River) in central China, the Changjiang
(Yangtze, or Long River) farther south, and the Zhujiang (Pearl) in the
very far south.
Symbols of rain and water
Chinese dragon is as a symbol of auspicious power in Chinese folklore
and art, it is the embodiment of the concept of yang [male] and
associated with the weather and water as the bringer of rain.
dragons are believed to be the rulers of moving bodies of water, such
as waterfalls, rivers, or seas. They can show themselves as water
spouts (tornado or twister over water). There are four major dragons,
one representing each sea. For instance the Dragon King of the Eastern
Sea, Dragon King of the Western Sea, and so forth.
of this association, they are seen as "in charge" of water-related
weather phenomenon. In premodern times, many Chinese villages
(especially those living close to rivers) had temples dedicated to
their local "dragon king." In times of drought or flooding, it was
customary for the local gentry and government officials to lead the
community in offering sacrifices and conducting other religious rites
to appease the dragon, either to ask for rain or a cessation thereof.