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Answered 2012-04-25 14:19:51

Dragons symbolize many things to different cultures - like peace, war, harmony, ect.

Dragons also seem to be symbolic of the combination of several elements (air, water, earth, fire, etc.), and seem to be the apparent guardians of nature. In western culture they were subdued (slain), and in eastern cultures they were respected and known for their acts of kindness.

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Knowledge of mythical creatures was pasted down through stories as people couldn't write so stories would change and become more far fetched as time went on, but the dragon is very similar in china and Europe which is interesting. My opinion is that people could have found dinosaur fossils and imagined that they were dragons. Think of what a dragon is, a big monster, big teeth, claws etc. that's a dinosaur. There is a theory that the cyclops myth came from when prehistoric elephant skulls were found in southern Europe and people made up a creature that it could have belonged to so the same could apply to dinosaurs and dragons.

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