DRAGONS


The Celestial Chinese Dragon or Lung (L-oh-ng), is referred to as a divine mystical creature that brings ultimate abundance, prosperity, and good fortune.  Though the appearance of the dragon is frightening, it has a benevolent temperament.  The dragon symbolizes power & excellence, valiancy & boldness, heroism & perseverance, and nobility & divinity.

Line Dragon Drawing The Lung is looked upon as the foremost representation of the forces of Mother Nature.  The Chinese dragon is made up of many different types of animals of the Earth: the body of a snake, scales of a carp, head of a camel, horns of a stag, eyes of a hare, ears of a bull, neck of an iguana, belly of a frog, paws of a tiger, and claws like an eagle.  It also possesses a mane of fire around its neck, chin, and on each elbow.  The Lung has two antler-like horns atop its wide-mouthed head and two long whiskers spreading out from its snout.  The dragon chases a pearl, which represents the sun and wisdom, from which it draws its power.

The Lung is able to move on land, fly in the sky, and swim in water.  Emperors considered themselves as descendants of the dragon and therefore used the dragon emblem for Imperial Authority.

The dragon dance is a significant festive tradition.  Since dragons were considered a deity of water, this dance was originally performed to ask for rain during the drought years .  With this history, dragon dancing symbolizes the bringing of good fortune and prosperity in the year to come.