Dragons Throughout the Ages
 

Zoe:

Dragons have been found in many places in the world in people’s imagination. Dragons can have many

different shapes or sizes or colours. People believed that dragons were real when they didn’t believe in

dinosaurs. Instead of believing dinosaur bones are real, they believed dragon bones are real.

Janna:

In this article we will be uncovering dragon myths from different cultures around the world. Out of all

the mythical beasts (unicorns, fairies, trolls, etc.), dragons have been among the most prevalent and

enduring. The first known stories about dragons emerged as early as ancient Greek and Sumerian and

their popularity remains until this day. Like the other mythical creatures, dragons were portrayed as

sometimes useful and protective and at other times, harmful and dangerous. Their perception changed

during the rise of the Christian Church. In medieval times, at least in Europe, association with dragons

came from the bible, where dragons were often a representation of Satan. Since then, dragons have

often been depicted as fearsome and requiring slaying. The word “dragon” comes from the ancient

Greek word “draconata” meaning “to watch”. Could this be why we think of dragons as the guards of

treasure? Why would dragons want treasure? Surely something as powerful as a dragon wouldn’t need

to buy anything. Why do you think that the church linked dragons to Satan? What other meaning could

we derive from the Greek word “to watch”?

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