A dragon is a legendary creature. Although there is a 'dragon' this kind of name, but in China, the meaning of the dragon and the West is completely different.
In the West, dragons are symbols of evil and brutality. But in China, the meaning of dragons is very different.
First of all, China's dragons and Western dragons are very different in image. Secondly, in China the dragon is mostly a positive representative, it is a noble, powerful symbol. I think there are at least three points about the reasons for the Chinese dragon.
- In ancient Chinese mythology and legend, the dragon is a magical creature that controls the climate. Because China has been a big agricultural country since ancient times, and the climate is closely related to agricultural cultivation. Therefore, the dragon in charge of the climate is therefore respected and worshipped by people, the ancient Chinese will also build a hall for the dragon king to worship and believe in it, hope to be blessed by the dragon, autumn harvest smoothly.
- In ancient China, only emperors could use everything with the "dragon" symbol. This is a privilege that belongs only to the emperor and cannot be violated by the emperor's mother, children, siblings. If someone is found to have violated this right, he will be killed. As a result, the dragon became a symbol of honor.
- In ancient Chinese literature, dragons were basically representatives of "goodness", and although there were dragons in their works representing "evil", there were not many such works. Even in China's twelve zodiac (rats, cattle, tigers, rabbits, dragons, snakes, horses, sheep, monkeys, chickens, dogs, pigs), only dragons are real-life creatures that do not exist, so we can see Chinese the love of dragon worship.
It is under the joint action of these reasons that the dragon has become Chinese strong, distinguished and irreplaceable cultural symbol in the heart of the chinese people.