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    • It’s an enormous, fierce, bloodthirsty creature appearing in fairy tales and legends with brave knights who are always challenging him...
    Everybody knows what a dragon is: From http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=chinese%20japanese%20dragons%20ppt&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCAQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fteachers.henrico.k12.va.us%2Fvirtualart%2Fpresentations%2Fmulticultural%2Fdragons.ppt&ei=g-zXTv7WKImH2AWctoU4&usg=AFQjCNE9yFgHpCMjyCZFcFY8SaTNu792eg&cad=rja
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    • Legends describe dragons as large, lizard-like creatures that breathe fire and have a
    • long, scaly tail.
    The dragon is a legendary beast in the folklore of many European and Asian cultures
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    • In Europe, dragons are traditionally portrayed as ferocious beasts that represent the evils fought by human beings.
  • 4. But in Asia , especially in China and Japan,
    • the animals are generally considered friendly creatures that ensure good luck and wealth.
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    • Dragons lived in wild, remote regions of the world. The dragons guarded treasures in their dens, and a person who killed one supposedly gained its wealth.
    According to some medieval legends:
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    • In China, the traditional New Year's Day parade includes a group of people who wind through the street wearing a large dragon costume. The dragon's image, according to an ancient Chinese belief, prevents evil spirits from spoiling the new year.
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    • Another traditional Chinese belief is that certain dragons have the power to control the rainfall needed for each year's harvest.
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    • However the dragon is also something else. He is admirable, intelligent and educated creature, who leads a most interesting life.
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    • He has some fascinating characteristics in addition to those occasional glimpses we are given through fairy tail and legends.
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    • In the world of fantastic animals, the dragon is unique.
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    • No other creature has appeared in such a rich variety of forms. It is as though there was once a whole family of different dragon species that really existed, before they mysteriously became extinct.
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