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

Ancient Dragon Myths: Tiamat, Yam and Illuyanka

In our mind, the word “dragon” instantly projects the image of a huge winged beast whose body is covered with scales that can spit fire from its mouth, a monster that we usually find protecting an ancient treasure in the depths of a dungeon or disturbing the peace of the good people in our fairy … Continue reading Ancient Dragon Myths: Tiamat, Yam and Illuyanka