Amiable Dragon

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Amiable Dragon

The world's most famous amiable dragon is the Chinese Dragon. More than two billion people worldwide are fond of the Chinese amiable dragon even if they no longer believe that he ever existed. However, the Chinese Dragon is not the only amiable dragon, the Welsh Dragon is also friendly, well friendly to those who would not harm Wales and its people.

Amiable Dragon

The majority of Western dragons are not friendly though if you would believe the ancient fairy tales, they held maidens hostage until their next meal time. The one thing that all dragons in the past had in common was that they could fly and most could breathe fire.

The mythical animals that appear in modern literature are almost invariably amiable dragons, friendly, loveable almost dozy creatures. A bit like gentle giants. One of the first of this modern type of amiable dragon was Puff the Magic Dragon, about whom there was a song. The exception was the red-golden dragon, Smaug in The Hobbit by J. R. Tolkien.

It is funny that an animal that never existed is so well-known in every country in the world and has been for thousands of years. Perhaps, people saw old dinosaur bones and imagined them to be dragons or maybe it was some form of communal memory. Whether or not they were amiable dragons or not though perhaps we will never know, but I like to think that they were friendly.

Dragon Tattoos

Dragon tattoos have always been popular among men, but women are wearing them more and more too nowadays. A dragon tattoo on the back with its head hanging over your shoulder is really impressive. In the West, dragon tattoos are mostly of the nasty, aggressive kind, a bit like owning a pitbull, but in the East the dragon is a symbol of good luck. Women tend to wear an amiable dragon tattoo either on their shoulder blades or at the base of the spine.

The Welsh Red Dragon

The Welsh Red Dragon is actually on the Welsh flag. In Welsh it is called 'Y Ddraig Goch' or The Red Dragon. it is quite a fierce creature because its job is to see off Wales' enemies, but it is friendly to other people. It has a pointed, thrashing tail and fierce eyes. It is not know exactly where the Welsh Red Dragon came from as dragons have always been part of Celtic mythology and folklore. However, Roman soldiers had them on their shields when they occupied Wales 2,000 years ago too, although there had been Celts in the UK for long before the Romans or the Angles and the Saxons came.

Puff The Magic Dragon

Puff the Magic Dragon lived in a land called Honalee and was made famous in a song sung by Peter, Paul and Mary in 1963. Puff was definitely an amiable dragon, but in the sense of the Welsh Dragon and the pitbull, Puff the Magic Dragon had a friend called Jacky Paper, with whom he used to play every day. I adored the song as a young boy and still think of Puff the Magic Dragon even now, 50 years on.

Komodo Dragon

The Komodo Dragon is the largest living species of lizard in the world. The Komodo Dragon is of the family off monitor lizards and grows up to 3 metres or nearly 10 feet in length. It can weigh up to 70 kilos, which is 154 pounds. This giant is found on several small Indonesian islands, but it is thought that the Komodo Dragon is the latest in a long line of big lizards, whose antecedents were possibly much more widespread and much larger too.

The Chinese Dragon

The Chinese Dragon is the amiable dragon that we are all familiar with seeing in the processions on the day of the Chinese New Year. There are actually five different Chinese Dragons, all of whom vary slightly in temperament and all of whom sleep in different places at night. The Water Dragon is considered to be the nicest of the Chinese Dragons.

by +Owen Jones