Anatolian Dragon

anatolian_dragonThe Sky God kills the Dragon Illuyanka.

I had a very strange dream this morning about researching ancient texts for information about dragons. In the dream I was in my grandfather’s workshop with a person I’ve never met and we had maps and printed articles spread out on the workbench by the doorway. As we looked at these articles the other person told me I should try to find information about “anatolian dragon”. Continue reading

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Serpents and Dragons in British Folklore

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The Laidley Worm of Spinlestone Haugh by Walter Crane (1845-1915)

The following article has been “reblogged” from The Atlantic Religion: A ‘Prisca Theologia’ of European Paganism.

The Atlantic Religion

It is perhaps unsurprising that Britain can lay claim to a number of ‘worm’ or ‘dragon’ legends, given its lands have been settled at various times by peoples to whom the imagery of such creatures has had deep symbolic meaning, not only to the Britons, Gauls and Irish of the Bronze and Iron Ages, but also of the ‘Romanised’ continentals and Germanic peoples who mixed with them, reinforcing and modifying the indigenous ideas of that locality. Through further contact with the East via Byzantium and the Crusades, new style and detail became added to indigenous stories which changed how people imagined these creatures looked and behaved.

The folktales and legends of old Britain were, before the 17thC era when state Protestantism began to encourage widespread literacy, transmitted orally largely in the form of either stories or ballads. Many of those in song form survive because they were published from the late 1600s onward in the form…

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Serpents and Dragons in Irish Mythology

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Péist — the water-beast of Irish and Scottish mythology. (Image from storyarchaeology.com)

The following article has been “reblogged” from The Atlantic Religion: A ‘Prisca Theologia’ of European Paganism.

The Atlantic Religion

“… No country in Europe is so associated with the Serpent as Ireland, and none has so many myths and legends connected with the same… “ Irish Druids and Old Irish Religions – James Bonwick, 1894.

Dragons and great serpents are common themes in the mythology of countries across the world, but their roles and meaning appear to differ depending upon the region concerned. In ancient Europe, serpents (the precursors of the more oriental ‘dragons’) were connected to the chthonic otherworld and underworld, and hence to ideas of decay – the earthy beginnings from which new life grows and the diseases and poisons which caused things to return to that state (i.e. – that process called ‘putrefaction’). They were linked to meres and marshes whose mass of rotting vegetation and sourness was a metaphor for death itself. That such marshy areas were filled with tiny worms, eels and wriggling creatures must have proved…

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The Role of Serpents and Dragons in Norse Mythology

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Siegfried slaying Fafnir (Image from http://www.germanicmythology.com)

The following article has been “reblogged” from The Atlantic Religion: A ‘Prisca Theologia’ of European Paganism.

The Atlantic Religion

Serpents and dragons are a particular feature of northern European mythology that deserve some investigation in this blog.

The ancients viewed ‘serpents’ and ‘worms’ as a whole class of creatures – not just a ‘species’ as we in modern times would conceive it, but a morphological and philosophical grouping which included many types and forms. From earthworms, to snakes, to maggots and aquatic fly larvae, to eels and millipedes – ‘worms’, ‘wyrms’, or ‘serpents’ all occupied the same functional class. In a wider sense it could as a category include all stinging and venomous creatures such as scorpions and spiders.

The idea that disease was caused by ‘worms’ was a prevalent feature of ancient and medieval medicine: From the fungal infection known as ‘ringworm’ to the idea that worms in the teeth caused toothache, all of these were common themes in ancient Atlantic medical beliefs. During the 17th and 18th centuries, for instance…

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Messages from the Dragon Realm: An Interview with Russell Chen

MessagesFromTheDragonRealmsOn 25th March 2013 I wrote a blog about “Messages from the Dragon Realm” — a book which I would really like to see published. Unfortunately the initial crowdfunding efforts to raise money for the publication of this beautiful “coffee-table book” were not successful, with only a small portion of the amount needed being raised. However Russell Chen, the man who was inspired to create this book, has not given up hope that this project might still come to fruition! Continue reading

Dragon Deities?

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The following list(s) of Dragon deities appears in numerous places on the internet, including Facebook which is where I have seen the most recent version. Depending on where you find it, there is extra information added for some of the Dragon deity names …or not. The problem I have with this list is that I cannot trace the original source of the information. Continue reading

The Tales of Little Purple

Little-Purple-in-eggJust a quick note to announce that “The Tales of Little Purple” — written by Night Blade and illustrated by Rayvensclaw — which were originally published in Axis Mundi, can now also be found here on Dragon Dreaming in the Poetry & Prose section of the Book Of Dragon. Night Blade and Rayvensclaw are personal friends of mine and I have their permission to reprint the Little Purple stories and illustrations here. 😀 More tales and adventures of Little Purple will be added in the future so stay tuned!