The Myth of the Amaru

Among all the fantastical creatures of the Andean folklore, the Amaru is perhaps the one that shares more similarities with the dragón. In Quechua, one of the most widely spoken languages of the indigenous peoples of the Andes, “amaru” means “snake”, but it is also the name of some of the supernatural snakes in the … Continue reading The Myth of the Amaru

The First Dragon of China

Even to these days, dragons in China are commonly regarded as benign symbols that were associated with rain, water sources and power. Chinese dragons typically appear as a blend of the physical attributes of several different creatures: the body of a snake, the antlers of a deer, the scales of a carp, and the paws … Continue reading The First Dragon of China

Origins and Nature of the First Dragons

Since ancient times, they were seen as the fantastical embodiment of chaos and evil, and they seem to be an important part in legends and myths in almost every culture ever since the cradle of civilization. People have pointed at crocodiles, dinosaurs and whales as the creatures that might have inspired the dragon myth, but … Continue reading Origins and Nature of the First Dragons

The Feathered Serpent: A Mesoamerican Dragon

Temple of the Feathered Serpent of Xochicalco, state of Morelos, Mexico.   Quetzalcóatl, the Plumed Serpent. The serpent was the earth devourer of life  and giver of life. Serpent–bird = winged matter. Union of earth and sky. Earth rising and sky descending. (United at the pyramid‘s peak.) Erect snake and sinking bird. Matter ascending toward … Continue reading The Feathered Serpent: A Mesoamerican Dragon