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Why do some Asian dragons have fur (or hair)?

It is important to note that East Asian dragons are in fact quite unrelated to Western dragons. While they may have influenced each other, the two traditions emerged separately. They share the same ...
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What is the earliest known dragon myth?

Sumer, sometime in the 4th or 3rd millennium B.C. My first instinct was to check out the Wikipedia article again. One interesting quote was The presence of dragons within Chinese culture dates back ...
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What is the earliest known dragon myth?

The excellent answer by HDE mentions the Chinese dragon from 4700-2900BC, but did not explore further. This answer will attempt to source the claim for the Chinese dragon, which is arguably older and ...
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Where does the idea that dragons hoard gold come from?

The Colchian dragon isn't the only dragon protecting treasure in Greek mythology. A couple more examples: Ladon guarded the golden apples in the garden of the Hesperides, Python guarded the centre ...
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Is there a common theme of dragon meat being toxic?

I'm going to guess that the stories of toxicity of dragon meat is largely modern, as I can't think of stories from the traditional canons where this is a story element. It may derive from the story ...
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Do we know how Hercules avoided the Hydra's venomous breath?

Bile, Not Blood Technically it was not the Hydra's blood that was venomous at all. The confusion regarding this seems to arise from the fact that it was Hydra-venom in combination with someone else's ...
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How large were Norse dragons?

Perhaps fifty foot long I can actually only think of one other real dragon in "proper" mythology: Nidhögg, which is clearly a cosmological beast and should really not be used as a measure, and if we ...
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Did the dragons of Chinese mythology originate from tornadoes?

The origin of dragons in the Eastern tradition is disputed. The leading explanation is perhaps that the dragon was originally crocodiles. However, one proposed alternative does argue that dragons (龍) ...
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Do dragon myths share a common origin?

Similar imagery in myths and stories crop up in different cultures around the world; it isn't just dragons. The flood and Ark, vampires, resurrecting Gods, cosmic wars with differing factions...all of ...
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Are dragons intelligent?

Fafnir, in the Völsunga saga, is a dwarf that slew his father and stole a fabulous treasure, including the cursed ring Andvaranaut. Fafnir then turned into a dragon. Fafnirs brother Regin trains the ...
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How do we distinguish a dragon, a wyrm and a wyvern in terms of the number of legs?

Know that this is an incredibly complex question in that sense: when we are speaking of "dragon", "wyrm", "drake", "wyvern", we are referring to modern terms, and not necessary at all to medieval ...
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Why is the Indian Dragon at war with the Elephant?

According to Indian mythology,the demon Vritra( an indian dragon) representing drought is enemy of Indra (the king of gods and god of rain). Indra rides elephant named Airavata. So elephant ...
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Why is the Indian Dragon at war with the Elephant?

This sounds to me like a (very exaggerated) description of Python molurus, the Indian python; they will sometimes climb trees and kill by constriction, but I don't think they've ever been known to eat ...
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When were European and Asian dragons first associated?

Well, Marco Polo (scan down to Chapter XLIX) describes "vast serpents" that are found in the province of "Carajan" (probably Yunnan). He didn't say he actually saw them and didn't call them "dragons". ...
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Do dragon myths share a common origin?

Interesting to note that in the Western tradition, Dragons are foes, typically fire-breathing, that must be slain, from Python to Fafnir & Smaug, while in the Eastern tradition (China principally) ...
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Have any dragons in mythology been able to breathe fire underwater?

There isn't a much detailed information on dragons until the modern period, due to the sparser descriptions in ancient mythological canons vs. highly descriptive modern forms like the novel. The ...
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Are there any Dragons myths about dragons being the creators of creation? Supernatural beings -as it were - that created the landscape?

Tiamat: Tiamat is a Mesopotamian creator goddess who, along with her mate Apsu represent the waters and together give birth to the gods. After the gods murder Apsu to gain power, Tiamat (portrayed as ...
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Dragons and serpents in Norse and Indo-European mythology

It is a bit challenging to delimit the quest of this question. For instant, there are lists (thulas) of serpents, which may, and may not be considered dragons. The mythological Jörmundgandr ("the ...
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Are there any Dragons myths about dragons being the creators of creation? Supernatural beings -as it were - that created the landscape?

Academic Books on 'Dragonology': Chinese Emperors and Sages are said to be sons of Heaven, therefore celestial dragons- Zhao, Qiguang. 2013. Dragons, East and West. Humanity as Dragon-offspring of ...
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What is the meaning of the green and red Asian dragons?

The Azure Dragon or Blue-Green Dragon (靑龍 Qīnglóng), or Green Dragon (蒼龍 Cānglóng), is the Dragon God of the east, and of the essence of spring. His proper name is Ao Guang (敖廣 or 敖光), and he is the ...
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What more uses are there for dragon parts?

Note: Some of these uses were mentioned in the article you brought, but about different body parts. Dragon blood According to Into The Wonder: Lifespan Extender. Probably goes very closely with the ...
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Are dragons intelligent?

In Slavic mythology dragons can speak, they command armies and rule over lands. They can assume human form and do not hoard gold for the most part. Some dragons are more bestial and have several heads,...
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Where does the idea that dragons hoard gold come from?

The earliest appearance in Western history and literature is in Herodotus. The Scythians are famous for their gold art objects. He says that way up north in the Altai mountains where the Scythians ...
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How did dragons get their wings?

This question got me thinking "Why should dragons fly?" There is nothing in the Greek root for dragon that suggests flying. (The word is instead associated with vision, likely a reason the Python ...
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What was the inspiration for the Indian Drakon?

The only vague connection that I can think of is the rivalry between Ganesha and Skanda his brother. Skanda is often associated with and carries around several snakes and ganesha has an elephant head. ...
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What is the earliest known dragon myth?

I just want to draw attention to the Perseus search tool, where I found this reference for dragon town Echinus: So called from Echion, fabled to have sprung from the dragon's teeth. Its site is ...
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