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

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

Dragons, wyverns, drakes, wyrms…

There are many terms that people have used for the word "dragon" in different civilizations (aži, drakon, long, ryu, zmey), and perhaps due to our tendency to categorize everything that surrounds us, some of these terms have been used to classify dragons in many books and fantasy settings in many different ways, which is something … Continue reading Dragons, wyverns, drakes, wyrms…

Ancient Dragon Myths: Vritra, Typhon and Azi Dahaka

In a previous post I started a series of articles about the ancient myths that gave birth to dragons, and now I want to share with you the stories of three legendary beings that are closely linked with the dragon sagas: Vritra, Typhon and Aži Dahâka. Vritra, the Firstborn of Dragons The Rig Veda is … Continue reading Ancient Dragon Myths: Vritra, Typhon and Azi Dahaka