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Dragons And Dragon Lore
By Ernest Ingersoll

"The Chinese call the dragon 'lung' because it is deaf. It is the largest of scaly animals, and it has nine characteristics. Its head is like a camel's, its horns like a deer's, its eyes like a hare's, its ears like a bull's, its neck like an iguana's, its scales like those of a carp, its paws like a tiger's, and its claws like an eagle's. It has nine times nine scales, it being the extreme of a lucky number. On each side of its mouth are whiskers, under its chin a bright pearl, on the top of its head the 'poh shan' or foot-rule, without which it cannot ascend to heaven. The scales of its throat are reversed. Its breath changes into clouds from which come either fire or rain. The dragon is fond of the flesh of sparrows and swallows, it dreads the centipede and silk dyed of five colours. It is also afraid of iron. In front of its horns it carries a pearl of bluish colour striated with more or less symbolical lines."

"The dragon," observes author Ernest Ingersoll, "is connected with the powers and doings of the earliest gods, and like them is vague, changeable and contradictory in its attributes, maintaining from first to last only one definable characteristic-association with and control of water."

Rich with facts and fascinating lore, Ingersoll's well-researched book not only describes many of the myths surrounding one of the world's oldest, most elusive and powerful mythological creatures, but also teems with information about specific aspects of these mystical beasts-from grotesque serpents of the deep to land-roving, fire-breathing monsters that first appeared in creation myths of ancient civilizations.

Dragons in China, Korea, and Japan are covered, as are those in Babylonian and Egyptian legends, and in Welsh, English, Irish, and French tales from the West, with specific details on draconic prototypes, the birth and wanderings of the dragon, the dragon as rain god, "the men of the dragon bones," the dragon's invasion of the West and association with the holy cross, and other related subjects.

Introduction Birth of the Dragon Wanderings of the Young Dragon Indian Nagas and Draconic Prototypes The Divine Spirit of the Waters Draconic Grandparents The Dragon as a Rain-God Korean Water and Mountain Spirits "The Men of the Dragon Bones" The Dragon in Japanese Art The Dragon's Precious Pearl The Dragon Invades the West The 'Old Serpent' and His Progeny Welsh Romances and English Legends The Dragon and the Holy Cross To the Glory of St, George.

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