Versatile and very complex character. Dragon, or "feathered serpent", combines the snake and bird, spirit and matter. At the outset of his symbols was entirely supportive and mean water bearing life (snake), and the breath of life (the bird). He identified with the heavenly gods and earthly representatives - emperors and kings. Subsequently, it became ambivalent symbols, indicating the beneficial rains that follow the storm, and, together with the destructive forces of lightning and floods.

In the East, the dragon, as a rule, is the power of heaven, bearing good, whereas in the West, it becomes chthonic, destructive and evil. The dragon may be solar and lunar, male and female, good and evil.

In the Far East, it symbolizes the supernatural strength, wisdom, strength, hidden knowledge, strength of water, bearing life. This is the emblem of the emperor as the Son of Heaven, and after him, a man wise and noble.

Monotheistic religions portray evil dragon force, except in certain cases where it may Logos incarnate, the spirit animating or omnipotent deity, PLERIN. dragon and snake usually interchangeable each other in symbolism, representing the implicit, nerazlichennoe, chaos, delitescence, unrestrained nature as well as zhitelnuyu force of water. When he spew thunder and lightning, moving from the undeveloped world to the world created by the form and matter. This dragon has a dual symbolism: it can act as a god of rain, and as his opponent, does not allow rain to fall. His associate, on the one hand, the sea and the deep sea, on the other - with the peaks of mountains, clouds and the solar eastern regions.

Speaking of monsters, dragons - autochthonous "land lord" with which to fight the heroes, conquerors and creators to capture or to absorb the land. They are the guardians of treasures, and access to secret knowledge. The battle with the dragon symbolize the difficulties to be overcome in order to take possession of the treasures of internal knowledge. The victory over the dragon symbolizes the conflict between light and darkness, the destruction of the destructive forces of evil, a victory over his own dark nature of man and the achievement of self. Save the innocent damsel paws of a dragon, hence the release of the net force down evil.

The dragon is often opposed to dying god. In alchemy winged dragon represents the "volatile", but lost the wings, he "fixed" caught. In Chinese alchemy dragon - that mercury, blood and semen.

In the Celts - the symbol of supreme power, the owner. Red Dragon - the emblem Uellsa.

dragon and snake in Chinese symbolism inseparable. The dragon represents the supreme spiritual power, the supernatural, infinity, the spirit of change, the divine force of change and transformation, the rhythms of nature, the law of formation, supernatural wisdom and strength. He - "deer heaven", sun, light and life. Nebo, the highest authority, male yang force. Dragon cloud is, moreover, threatened and life-giving rain, water depth, and Spring.

Blue Dragon ( "Lun" - the highest) lives in heaven, and there are life-giving spirit, celestial power, the power of supernatural and infinite. On the ground blue dragon - symbol of imperial authority delegated, the sign of the Emperor. In the imperial dragon (also known as "Lun"), five claws, his head sent to the South, while the tail - to the North. He represents the East and the life-giving rain. Common Dragon "Mang" has had four claws on their paws and provide temporary power. An earlier form of the Chinese dragon was a dragon with three claws. Subsequently, this form of the dragon was adopted in Japan.

Hornless dragon "there" live in the sea, and possesses deep sea, it also symbolizes a scientist.

Dragon "chiyao" live in the mountains or on the ground, and represents the public rights.

According to Wang Fu, the dragon has a "nine matches:" Horn of like deer, head camel, his eyes like a demon, the neck snake, belly crawl, the scales like a carp, claws Eagles, soles tiger, a cow's ears".

Two struggling, competing dragon gazer on one another, represent the duality of yin and yang, all opposite and complementary forces, the forces of heaven and earth, usually between represent either the Sun or the "pearl of heaven", the moon. Turning to each other spins dragons represent the beginning of yin and yang. When they are shown to go after each other's tails, it is a symbol of mutual creative forces yin and yang.

Often portrayed with a dragon "dragon ball" or "glowing pearl". There are different interpretations of these images: it is a reverberation of thunder, or is meant that when the Moon, nositelnitsa rain decreases, its zaglatyvaet dragon, and when it arrives - a sign that he was her little spit. In Taoism and Buddhism as "the pearl, performing all desire," the pearl of perfection, in other words, wisdom, and the torch of spiritual essence of the universe. It may be Boddhisattvu in the process of continuous enlightenment.

Dragon, shown together with Phoenix, - a symbol of union of Heaven and Earth, the Emperor and Empress, the divine potentiality, containing in itself all opposite, the interaction macrocosm and microcosm, androgina two aspects, the evolution of rhythm and involution, birth and death. Their symbol is also double helix.

Dragon, shown together with tiger, can mean voluptuousness, tiger in This will symbolize the anger and hostility.

In Christianity, the dragon serpent believed , "so even the old serpent," force of evil, the devil, tempter, the enemy of God. It represents, moreover, death, darkness, paganism and heresy. In the Old Testament, "abode of dragons" associated with "the shadow of death" (Psalms, 44:19) and the gulf water. "Abode of dragons" a place of desolation and destruction. The winners will appear as dragons triumfatory over the forces of evil and heresy. The dragon with its tail tied personifies evil defeated, because we believe that the strength of the dragon in its tail, like the scorpion. Archangel Michael, and precipitate a dragon, is the victory of the god of the sun over darkness, that Christianity was transformed in the version of the defeat of Satan.

Dragons are the attributes of saints Kado, Clement Metskogo, George Kane, Margaret, Martha, Samson, Sylvester and Philip the Apostle.

A dragon is the emblem of the Egyptian Osiris, the god of the dead. APOPO, the dragon of darkness and chaos, precipitate each morning, the Sun God Ra.

In Greco-Roman culture is the attribute of Hercules, winner of monsters. Sometimes the dragons represent vpryazhennymi the chariot of Ceres.

Do the Jews is considered a symbol of desolation, desert dweller.

In Hinduism the dragon - the phenomenon of power, delivered the word, the attribute catfish and Varuny. Indra cast dragon.

In Iranian culture - the attribute Haomy.

The Japanese dragon with three claws on their paws represents Mikado, imperial and spiritual power.

In Sumero-Semitic mythology - supostat "force of evil.

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