Welcome to another Mythos Monday. Here there be dragons. (I have mentioned everything’s better with dragons, right?)
But why dragons?
Because they’re cool. That’s why.
I admit it. I have a soft spot for the scaly beasties. I like good dragons and bad dragons and evil dragons. I like dragons who can turn human and humans who can turn dragons. I even like dragons that are just plain reptilian with no pretenses toward biped whatsis at all.
Dragons make appearances in two of my series. In the Sunwalker Saga, Morgan Bailey will face dragons for the first time in Kissed by Darkness (book two of the series). Will they be good? Will they be evil? Will they be the size of small horses? You’ll find out in August. 🙂
I’m currently working on another series which will combine the juicy goodness of paranormal romance with the sheer awesome of post-apocalyptic adventure. And yes, there will be DRAGONS! Lots and lots of dragons.
Merriam-Webster tells us dragon quite literally means “serpent”. And that was where it all started, with no more exciting a meaning than that.
But we WANT excitement, gol durnit!
According to Wikipedia (and the Beeb – BBC), the ancient Chinese started digging up dinosaur bones somewhere about 300 BC and mistook them for dragon bones. Yeah, I get that. I’d probably think they were dragon bones, too. In Chinese myth, dragons can take on human form and are often benevolent. I think that’s particularly cool. I love the idea of a dragon being able to walk among us without anyone being the wiser.
Of course, in Western folklore, dragons are almost always portrayed as evil (Exceptions being Welsh folklore and modern myth.). In fact, they were often used in art to portray sin. Puritanism strikes again.
The Romans, being Romans, sort of smooshed the two together, creating a dragon that was half Western and half Eastern mythology.
Every culture had it’s own take on dragons. Every people had their own artwork, their own mythology. There was a ribbon of commonality, but the specifics were as far apart as the hemispheres.
To my mind, that’s the best thing about dragons. You can create your own mythology. They can be good or evil. They can even be neutral. They can be intelligent or animalistic. Beautiful or ugly. Wild and savage or mild and meek. They can be anything you want them to be. That’s the joy of mythology. Starting with a basic background and working from there, anything your mind can conceive can be real. At least within the pages of a good book. 🙂
What are your favorite dragons? Do you prefer the nasty ones? Or the nice ones? Do you think dragons can be sexy? Or will they just eat you for lunch?