It is elegantly balanced verse, on a theme that the author himself announces as commonplace, but that he redeems into at most charm by a set of carefully graduated metaphors, from the cheap use of "love" early on to the pointedly anti-poetical "pan full of frying flowers" at the end, dropped in to make sure we don't take the dreamy tone too seriously. The prose pieces one can't call them novels or even fictions—they may well go down in literary history as Brautigans now number four, and, to this reader's taste, they are much more impressive than the poetry.
Origin[ edit ] The ancient Chinese self-identified as "the descendants of the dragon" because the Chinese dragon is an imagined reptile that represents evolution from the ancestors and qi energy. The coiled dragon or snake form played an important role in early Chinese culture. The character for "dragon" in the earliest Chinese writing has a similar coiled form, as do later jade dragon amulets from the Shang period.
Gilded-bronze handle in the shape of a dragon head and neck, made during the Eastern Han period 25— AD Mythical creature[ edit ] Mural depicting a dragon, from the Dahuting Tomb Chinese: Dahuting Han mu of the late Eastern Han Dynasty 25— ADlocated in ZhengzhouHenan province, China Dragons chasing flaming pearl, Qing dynasty From its origins as totems or the stylized depiction of natural creatures, the Chinese dragon evolved to become a mythical animal.
The Han dynasty scholar Wang Fu recorded Chinese myths that long dragons had nine anatomical resemblances. The people paint the dragon's shape with a horse's head and a snake's tail. Further, there are expressions as 'three joints' and 'nine resemblances' of the dragonto wit: These are the joints; as to the nine resemblances, they are the following: If a dragon has no [chimu], he cannot ascend to the sky.
The head of a crocodile. The neck of a snake. The palms of a tiger. And it hears through its horns, its ears being deprived of all power of hearing.
Chinese dragons were considered to be physically concise. Of the scales, 81 are of the yang essence positive while 36 are of the yin essence negative. Initially, the dragon was benevolent, wise, and just, but the Buddhists introduced the concept of malevolent influence among some dragons.
Just as water destroys, they said, so can some dragons destroy via floods, tidal waves, and storms. They suggested that some of the worst floods were believed to have been the result of a mortal upsetting a dragon. Many pictures of Chinese dragons show a flaming pearl under their chin or in their claws.
The pearl is associated with spiritual energy, wisdom, prosperity, power, immortality, thunder, or the moon. Chinese art often depicts a pair of dragons chasing or fighting over the flaming pearl.
This description accords with the artistic depictions of the dragon down to the present day. The dragon has also acquired an almost unlimited range of supernatural powers.
It is said to be able to disguise itself as a silkwormor become as large as our entire universe. It can fly among the clouds or hide in water according to the Guanzi. It can form clouds, can turn into water, can change color as an ability to blend in with their surroundings, as an effective form of camouflage or glow in the dark according to the Shuowen Jiezi.
In many other countries, folktales speak of the dragon having all the attributes of the other 11 creatures of the zodiac, this includes the whiskers of the Ratthe face and horns of the Oxthe claws and teeth of the Tigerthe belly of the Rabbitthe body of the Snakethe legs of the Horsethe goatee of the Goatthe wit of the Monkeythe crest of the Roosterthe ears of the Dogand the snout of the Pig.
In some circles, it is considered bad luck to depict a dragon facing downwards, as it is seen as disrespectful to place a dragon in such manner that it cannot ascend to the sky.
Also, depictions of dragons in tattoos are prevalent as they are symbols of strength and power, especially criminal organisations where dragons hold a meaning all on their own. As such, it is believed that one must be fierce and strong enough, hence earning the right to wear the dragon on his skin, lest his luck be consumed by the dragons.
They are believed to be the rulers of moving bodies of water, such as waterfalls, rivers, or seas. The Dragon God is the dispenser of rain as well as the zoomorphic representation of the yang masculine power of generation.
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