Creatures of Folklore Part 3: Dragons, Pangea and Ethics

Dragons have managed throughout the ages to show up and remain prevelant from all reaches of the super continent. Every culture tell tale of dragons. When the ignorant fool tells you there is no such thing, and you have quite the wild imagination. Merely say to them; what of dragonflys? Or have you never heard of the cumoto dragon? This being said did the dragon go out the way of the dinosaur? Only 2 species left in exsistence today, aligators/crocodiles and lizards. To be honest no one truly knows. In my travels I have come to the knowledge thatimage like every story, every dragon comes with a moral lesson. That is why on the topic of these creatures of folklore ethics is a key component to the conversation.

The first dragon; the Japanese dragon. Black and white with red eyes. The vampiric dragon that lives in a cave under the sea. Remaining to the shadows due to its nature of drinking the blood of animals. Hunted to near extinction and survived because of the ability to shape shift. The lesson being do not discriminate, and that life blood is only useful from a still beating heart. We often fear what we do not understand, or cannot see.

Secondly the Celtic dragon; the largest and most powerful dragon by far. Red with a yellow belly and black eyes, that are green in the light. Hunted by most kings within the English realm, and knights who became peasants after times of war would turn to dragon slaying for coin. Eventually even the dragons would rather sit and chat over a cup of tea then fight anymore. By today’s standard it is what it is: geonocide. The lesson here being we all play an important part in this world, every piece of the puzzle that is life is important in the grand picture. As the Celtic dragon would say there is no waste of water except if it is drank by an evil man.

The Red, Green, and Golden Dragon. Also known as the Asain/Chinese dragon. These 3 dragons are found predominately in eastern culture. Often appearing in most Kung Fu movie titles and on various Chinese household items. Red representing the son, aggression, anger and fear. Green representing the father, proceed, move ahead. Finally the Golden dragon which represents lesson learned, destination reached and silence is golden. Much like a western street light red=stop, green=go, and gold(yellow)=caution.

In relation to Pangea the super continent, each dragon seems to relate to a custom or teaching. Folklore simply means word of mouth, it doesn’t mean that it is not within the realm of reality. The point I am trying to make is that these creatures could and may still exist. In Native American religion and story telling we believe that the earth our mother began on a turtles back much in resemblance to Pangea. Dragons like human cultures took shape through evolution based on their environments. In Legends of Valour King Arthur tells of a dream in which he encountered a dragon. King Arthur lay down next to a babbling Brooke and fell asleep as he dreamt the surroundings were all the same, except for a scaly creature that breathed smoke and fire. He dreamt of his sister and lying with her. I believe these were not incestuous feelings however the creature (dragon) represented the feelings he had towards her. A strange creature that no one really understood except him. Love for your sibling.

Forth, The Water Dragon, or the Austrailian Dragon. Which dwells in a cave above a large body of water connected to the ocean. With riches amounting beyond anyone’s greatest desires. However not all that glitters is gold. The lesson being life outweighs all the riches in the world. It is long with white scales and green eyes. It has wings to fly above all the gold that dwell within that cave, it feeds on men and turns them into golden pellets. If you allow it greed will consume you as this dragon does to those who come wanting. The solution to the moral is simple break the floor and allow the gold to drop to the bottom of the ocean, freeing yourself and all that dwell within the cave. Money is the root of all evil.

Fifth; The North American Dragon/Dragonfly is not a creature of myth. In Native American legend they call to the dragon mask worn by Glaskab. Handed down generation to generation amongst the native people. It is said to show all stages of boys and girls lives. If an evil man places it on his face he is cursed to dwell inside the mask until the dragonflies take them to a castle in the sky, were they are placed in prison for 1000 years/eternity.

How ethics comes into play is differentiating between what is right and what is wrong. These stories have been handed down generation to generation so that we can learn lessons and teach morals. Dragons are not the sins of man, but are representative of how men can be sinful.

Sixth, Gargoyles; statues by day and at night warriors/soldiers. Once men they have been placed atop churches to protect the Holy Land. Caught somewhere between men and dragons. Gargoyles live to serve men, and to aid good Kings in battle. Until they became tyrants and consumed with greed. Then hunted dragons for sport and trophy till near extinction.

The moral to these stories do onto others as you would have them do onto you. Even if they are a dragon.

– Johnny Ryan –