Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Dragons!

I was bored the other day and watching this silly TV show about dragons. Anyways, the narrator said something to the effect that dragon myths are found universally throughout the world. I thought that was curious so I looked it up and found that throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, and Meso-America there are similar myths of dragons. You can see the various cultural variations of this kind of myth at wiki here: Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragons#Dragons_in_world_mythology

does anybody have any idea why these stories are found in such different, un-connected, cultural contexts? In other words why do humans have the need for what basically amounts to monster stories? It seems in Christian Europe they were at least in part manifestations of evil and metaphorical in the fact humans slayed the beasts. Any thoughts?

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