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Dragons

  1. 1. <ul><li>It’s an enormous, fierce, bloodthirsty creature appearing in fairy tales and legends with brave knights who are always challenging him... </li></ul>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
  2. 2. <ul><li>Legends describe dragons as large, lizard-like creatures that breathe fire and have a </li></ul><ul><li>long, scaly tail. </li></ul>The dragon is a legendary beast in the folklore of many European and Asian cultures
  3. 3. <ul><li>In Europe, dragons are traditionally portrayed as ferocious beasts that represent the evils fought by human beings. </li></ul>
  4. 4. But in Asia , especially in China and Japan, <ul><li>the animals are generally considered friendly creatures that ensure good luck and wealth. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>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. </li></ul>According to some medieval legends:
  6. 6. <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Another traditional Chinese belief is that certain dragons have the power to control the rainfall needed for each year's harvest. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>However the dragon is also something else. He is admirable, intelligent and educated creature, who leads a most interesting life. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>He has some fascinating characteristics in addition to those occasional glimpses we are given through fairy tail and legends. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>In the world of fantastic animals, the dragon is unique. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>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. </li></ul>

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