2ndPrimary School of Pefka, ThessalonikiGreeceClass: 5b Teacher: ElsaLymberi
He is considered to be “TheGreat Martyr” by the GreekOrthodox Church. Hischivalric character led to theallegorical legend of hisslaying of the great dragon.The dragon is a universalsymbol. It combines the birdand the snake, spirit andmatter respectively. Ingeneral, it is a beneficialcelestial power in the East,while in the West it ischthonic, destructive andevil. These elements exist inthis legend as well.In St. George’s legend thedragon is the guard of aspring. The spring is thesymbol of internalknowledge and immortality,Saint George is both a man and a myth.
Lets go back to the years of dragons, kings and princesses.In a small country, there lived a fair king with his wife and theirbeautiful daughter.All the residents were happy with their daily routines. Until one day…But lets take the story from the beginning…
…their happiness was spoiled by an unexpected visitor. A dragon withskin tougher than steel appeared and the people locked themselves intheir houses. The beast made its nest in a cave next to the only spring of the city anddid not allow anybody to get water.The residents were vainly trying to get near the spring. The dragon wasalways in the cave, which looked like a filthy swamp, and each timesomeone got closer he breathed terrible flames of fire. Awful smell andfumes polluted the atmosphere.
The king’s soldiers tried to kill him, but in vain. The dragon got soangry that he started devouring all the animals of the area. The city wasoverwhelmed by fear and despair.
The king approached him calmly and asked him what he wanted. Thedragon said that he was very hungry and the king promised to give himplenty of food every day if only he let the people get water from theOne day the dragon appeared near the walls of thecity.
But as time was passing by, his appetite was getting bigger and bigger.Gradually all the hencoops and the stables of the country emptied andthe king thought to satisfy the dragon’s hunger with vegetables.The king kept his promise. His soldiers carried food to thedragon every day.
The dragon got very angry, but he finally acceptedon one condition, to have a girl or a boy for his mealevery spring.The king was very sad and desperate, but he was forced to agree afterconsulting the elders of the council. Besides, the spring was not soclose, so they would surely find a solution until then.
No family wanted to sacrifice their child, so the dragoncame to the city to get it by himself.The time, however, went by so fastthat nobody realized it and still theyhad not found a solution.
She was walking firmly and decisively, ready to be sacrificed. Theroyal family and all the people were crying inconsolably.While fear and despair were hovering above the city, theprincess, nicely dressed, appeared at the gate.
The king, having no other solution, prepared a royal procession toaccompany his only daughter on her last trip to the dragon’s cave. Therethe dragon would enjoy his royal meal.
Suddenly, clatter of horse’s hoofs was heard.It was Saint George on his white horse.The people, with their eyes turned to the sky, saw the riderapproaching the dragon. The princess started running towards thecity.
Saint George thrust his spear into the dragon’s body and killed himwith a single blow of his lance. Thus the city and the people were savedforever. Saint George, after asking God forhelp, started fighting with the beast.The dragon, trying to scare him, spatflames to the horse’s legs.
Saint George was galloping towards the sky, while all the people, beingvery happy, were watching him until he disappeared in the clouds.No other dragon ever appearedin this kingdombecause it was protectedby the Saint.The spring of water was now free to offer itsbeneficial attributes to everyone.
This is the end of our story.The legend of Saint George exists inmany religions and symbolizes theconflict between good and evil, lightand darkness.Saint George is very popular andbeloved by people, because everybodyknows that good and evil exist in eachone of us. Saint George is ourSuperior self who fights with ourpersonality, the dragon , in order torelease our Immortal soul.