The Chinese Dragon (POPULITY 中国 CULTURE)

Chinese dragon 

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The Chinese dragon is a legendary mythological animal and China and other Asian cultures. It has nine animal parts : lobster eyes , unicorn horns , bull nose , dog nose , whiskers of catfish, lion’s mane , tail snake , fish scales and claws of an eagle. The dragon has also acquired an almost unlimited range of supernatural powers, so that it is able to disguise itself as a silkworm , or become as large as the entire universe .
It can fly among the clouds or hide in water. Can form clouds , can turn invisible or glow in the dark .
Personification of the concept of yang (male) is considered , related to time as bringer of rain and water .

Origin

He Xin put forward that the first dragons represented a kind of crocodile, Crocodylus porosus , more specifically , ancient giant crocodile known for his ability to sense changes in air pressure, thus anticipating the arrival of the rain. This may have been the origin of the mythical dragon attributes control the weather, especially the rain.
Others have proposed that its shape is related to the merger of totems of various tribes . Some researchers report that the legendary first emperor of China used a snake in his coat of arms , so that whenever a new tribe conquered incorporated the emblem of his defeated enemy , explaining why the dragon appears to have features of other animals .

The Dragon as ruler of weather and water
Chinese dragons are associated with water in popular belief . Are believed to be the rulers of moving water bodies such as waterfalls, rivers and seas. In this case the dragon is often depicted as a humanoid , dressed in clothes but with the king dragon head.
Often they are considered by meteorological phenomena related to water , so that in many ancient Chinese populations had temples dedicated to their local Dragon King. In times of drought or flood was customary for elders and local authorities carry community to dedicate sacrifices and religious rites to appease the dragon and ask for rain or a cessation thereof .

Cultural references

Number nine 

The number nine is considered lucky in China, and Chinese dragons are related to it. A Chinese dragon is described in terms of nine attributes and usually have 117 scales : 81 male (9×9 ) and 36 female ( 9×4 ) .
For this reason the dragon has nine forms and nine children. The ” Nine Dragon Wall ” is a wall with images of nine different dragons found in imperial palaces and gardens. As nine was considered the number of the emperor, only the most senior officials were allowed to wear nine dragons on their robes , while junior officers wore eight or five dragons.

Chinese Zodiac 
The dragon is one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac . It is thought that each animal is associated with certain personality traits . Dragon years are usually the most popular to have children.

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Dragon Boat Races 
At certain festivals , dragon boat races are important. These boats assemble teams of up to twelve rowers and have carved a dragon head at the bow.

≡ By Sara≡

≡TRADUCED BY George≡

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