Chinese dragon - a symbol and one of the wonders of the Middle Kingdom
In many cultures, including the domestic, dragons are in the form of evil and cunning creatures that steal girls and destroy children. But in the Middle Kingdom everything is different. Chinese people love and respect the mythical creature and like to call themselves its descendants. Pictures of the Chinese dragon are often found in books about national mythology, this creature is prayed in temples, and not far from Beijing in honor of the Black Dragon there is even a special chapel built for the empress and her entourage. And the first drawings of these mythical creatures were found on the shells of turtles and fortune-telling bones.
What does a Chinese dragon look like?
One description of the appearance of this amazing animal says a lot. According to numerous legends, the Chinese dragon has paws and a tail of a tiger, scales of a gold carp, ears of a cow, eyes of a hare, horns of a deer, a frog belly and a body of a snake. He became a symbol of the Celestial, he emerged as a collective image of all the animals that surrounded primitive hunters in antiquity.Characteristic features of a snake, a camel, a horse and a boar merged together, and a collective image emerged that has not changed for more than four thousand years. The myths say that the Chinese dragon is the supreme creature among all life on earth. He can live in the sea, fly above the clouds and change his appearance, returning to the earth in the form of a mountain. The Chinese dragon has long become a symbol of superiority and strength, courage and courage, resilience and heroism, nobility and divine origin. He is determined, energetic, intelligent, optimistic and ambitious. No wonder many emperors claimed to be his descendants. Now I understand why many people are impressed by the Chinese dragon. Tattoo with his image is often found in the East, not only among men, but also among women. It looks very, very impressive.
Dragon and Cultural Heritage
Many Chinese have long been haunted by the riddles associated with this creature. In the past, the dragon personified imperial power: the imperial seal was carved in its form, and the objects of imperial life were also decorated with appropriate images.How many do you think they are found in the Imperial Palace? Many visitors tried to find out. On the throne alone, with fair patience, one can count 590 different dragons, and in the throne room there are 12654! And if we take into account that 9999 rooms are located in the Imperial Palace, then all the meaninglessness of such a venture becomes obvious. By the way, there is a special relationship to the number 9 in China: here it is considered a symbol of development and constancy.
Wall of Nine Dragons
Another unusually beautiful cultural landmark is the Wall of Nine Dragons, which is located in Beijing in Beihai Park. It was built in the 18th century according to the orders of the emperor Qiang Long (“moon” in Chinese means “dragon”), the 6th Manchu ruler of the Qing dynasty. It is made of glazed bricks, and on each side are 9 dragons. This wall in the open air has been standing for more than two hundred years, but the freshness of paints has not yet dimmed and causes sincere admiration from all who come to admire this work of art. "Stone Dragon" - one of the names of the Great Wall of China. Now smoothly descending the mountain slopes, now rapidly flying to the top,she strung towers on herself and wriggles like a spine of a mythological creature, thereby evoking associations with a legendary animal. And if during your trip to the Middle Kingdom you will be there on the 5th of the 5th month, you will be taken to the dragon festival, one of the most colorful and beloved among the Chinese. The name of this creature is often found in the name of quiet, cozy restaurants, which are in almost every major city. So we can speak boldly - where there is at least a small part of Chinese culture, there must be an image of a dragon.