Dragons are mythical creatures that appear in many different cultures and time periods. They have been described as monsters, serpents, reptiles, or beasts, and they are usually thought to have wings and breathe fire. They are also said to have scales and claws, while some also have horns. Almost always they are said to be venomous, and some may have two or more heads. They may also have more than one tail and may have two, four, or more legs. There is something magical about dragons that has captured and filled people’s imaginations for thousands of years ever since we meet them even in stories written in antiquity. However, it’s not perfectly clear when stories of dragons first emerged, but we know that huge, flying serpents were described by the ancient Greeks and Sumerians.
For much of history, dragons were thought of like any other exotic animal: sometimes useful and protective, other times harmful and dangerous. That changed when Christianity spread across the globe, and dragons took on a decidedly sinister hue and came to represent Satan. Still, these fascinating magical creatures have continued to captivate our imagination through folklore, literature, and more recently films, television series, and video games. Here follow 25 Popular Dragons Paramount To Folklore, Art, and Culture that have probably touched you in one form or another.
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