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Chinese Dragon





In the legend of Chinese ancient time, Chinese dragon was a holy animal which could be regarded as a symbol of the God. Chinese dragon was used as a totem of the emperor. Only emperor can use the things which were decorated with dragon pattern.


Chinese dragon is a mythical creature in Chinese mythology and folklore, with mythic counterparts among Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Bhutanese, Western and Turkic dragons. In Chinese art, dragons are typically portrayed as long, scaled, serpentine creatures with four legs. In yin and yang terminology, a dragon is yang and complements a yin fenghuang ("Chinese phoenix").

In contrast to European dragons, which are considered evil, Chinese dragons traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, hurricane, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck. With this, the Emperor of China usually used the dragon as a symbol of his imperial power.


In Chinese daily language, excellent and outstanding people are compared to the dragon while incapable people with no achievements are compared with other, disesteemed creatures, such as the worm. A number of Chinese proverbs and idioms feature references to the dragon, for example: "Hoping one's son will become a dragon" (望子成龍, i.e. be as a dragon).


The Chinese Dragon In The Zodiac

The Chinese Dragon is one of the most popular and well known of the 12 Chinese Zodiac signs. This type of zodiac signs are based on the years in which people are born, not on the months as traditional Western zodiacs. The Chinese Dragon is one of the most powerful representations here, due to the fact the Dragon has probably the largest category of traits and characteristics that bring fortune, luck and power to the person born in this period.


The sign of the Chinese Dragon, or simply called Dragon, is to be placed in the following periods, from either February or January, for an entire year time: 1904-1905, 1916-1917, 1928-1929, 1940-1941, 1952-1953, 1964-1965, 1976-1977, 1988-1989, 2000-2001, 2012-2013, 2024-2025 and so on. People born in the periods established above are called Dragons, due to the signs of the Chinese Dragon. Apparently many people who believe in this type of Zodiac strive to have their children born among these years, in order to give them a sort of lucky sign. A couple of features of the people born under the Chinese Dragon symbol are related to power and vanity. For example, it is said that the preferred motto of the Chinese Dragon representatives is I Reign. Also, even the choice of food is connected to the idea of wealth in number, as is the favorite color which is gold and the best season Spring, when everything restarts to grow and develop. The Chinese Dragon sign is compatible for good relationships and find great love partners in other Dragons, as well as in Rats, Oxes, Tigers, Rabbits, Snakes and Horses.


Although of a great and larger symbolical meaning in all sorts of cultural aspects, the Chinese Dragon has had a major contribution in creating the characteristics of the people born under the sign of the Dragon in the Chinese Zodiacs. The powerful image of the fighting Chinese Dragon rules over the ones born in these years, making them vain, powerful and controlling people, to become successful and wealthy.