Throughout nearly all regions of Asia, the Oriental Dragon remains a powerful and dynamic symbol to millions of people. They are the most ancient symbol of eastern civilizations. The symbol of the dragon can have many different meanings because of the power of this popular emblem. They reign superior in Oriental artwork. The dragon is considered supreme in spiritual power. They are greatly coveted for all these reasons. Plus, people of all nationalities tend to like them!The Chinese Dragon (or “lung”) was believed to be a divine bearer of rain. This was necessary for the good of all the people. In fact, it is often said that some of the worst known floods were caused when a mortal offended a dragon.
So it is no surprise that throughout the history of China this creature has been identified with the weather. They reside in water very often. These creatures are believed to portray both celestial and terrestrial power including wisdom, and ability.
The Chinese Imperial symbol is the five clawed dragon, but the more common creature has only four claws. Of interest is the fact that the Japanese dragon has three claws. The traditional dragon in most Chinese New Year’s Day parades is thought to cast away evil spirits that might want to ruin the New Year. They can also bring wealth and good luck as well as use their magic to help people in trouble.The dragon is also a symbol of the Chinese emperor. Many legends have made connections between the dragon and the emperor. Chinese mythical dragons could enlarge themselves to the size of the universe… or they could appear as small as a mere silkworm. For this reason, the creature was often seen as a very unpredictable creature which should not be made upset. The emperor’s wisdom and divine power assured the welfare of the people he ruled over. It might be of interest to note that some of the emperors even claimed to have a dragon