When it comes to the Chinese dragon, the first thing you think of may be the powerful dragon, or the strange lock Dragon Well, or the falling dragon event in Yingkou. Many people believe that the dragon is likely to exist, but no one has ever seen its real appearance. Does the Dragon really exist?
First of all, let’s recall the image of the dragon in our memory. The most typical is the representative of our Chinese culture: five clawed golden dragon, head like Qiu, horn like deer, eye like rabbit, ear like ox, neck like snake, belly like mirage, scale like carp, claw like eagle, palm like tiger. Then our impression of the dragon must be like this (as shown below)
But you know what? The original image of the dragon is actually like this:
This is the earliest image of the dragon in the early Shang Dynasty. At that time, the dragon not only had no horns, but also had big ears. Now it looks like a pig’s head. The only thing similar to today’s dragon is the existence of dragon pattern.
During the spring and Autumn period and the Warring States period, the evolution of the dragon was also affected by the theory of yin and Yang. It often appeared as an auspicious image of “the intersection of yin and Yang”. For example, a Warring States silk unearthed in Jiangling, Hubei Province, appeared as a pattern of Dragon and Phoenix presenting auspiciousness. Of course, at that time, the dragon was no longer fat, but more slender and vivid.
In the Qin and Han Dynasties, because the Qin Dynasty unified the world, the culture was also unprecedentedly integrated, and the image of the dragon was also unified. In the whole Qin and Han Dynasties, the image of the dragon was finally on the right track, with long feet, sharp ears, animal feet, and snake body, almost no big difference from today’s Dragon.
During the Wei, Jin and Northern Dynasties, due to the introduction of Buddhism into China, people yearned for the existence of “God”. Therefore, compared with the previous spiritual world, the dragon has also made great changes. It can not only fly in the clouds, but also be regarded as “Dragon God”.
In the Sui and Tang Dynasties, with the gradual development of the art field, the image of the dragon is more colorful, long necked giant head, majestic and majestic, which can be seen everywhere in life.
Many people say that the dragon has three claws, four claws and five claws. Although the final formation appeared in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it first appeared in the song and Yuan Dynasties. In the song and Yuan Dynasties, people summed up the dragon, with snake tail, four fingers and strong body. To the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the image of the dragon is also widely used in various fields, such as today’s construction, decoration, clothing, the image of the dragon, are formed in that period, to the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the dragon is basically shaped in this stage.
Having said so much, Xiao Bian wanted to ask: “since some people believe that the Dragon really exists, what does the real dragon look like?”
It may be majestic and majestic, or it may be flying in the clouds, but why didn’t it exist like a “pig” in the early Shang Dynasty?
It may be said that “the cobra (Hui Sansheng usually refers to a kind of snake living in the water) turns into a dragon after 500 years, a dragon after 1000 years, a Horned Dragon after 500 years, and a Ying dragon after 1000 years”. Some people even say that the snake can turn into a dragon, but in fact, this is an ancient metaphor. The dragon is the son of heaven, and this way of turning the dragon is about the way to become the son of heaven.
So Xiaobian wants to say that in fact, the Dragon really does not exist, but it is just a product of our ancient people’s yearning for beauty. However, there are many dragon like events in various places, such as “cave newt”
Many times, we believe that the world is so big that there are many places we haven’t visited. But “dragon like creatures” may exist, and “dragon” is really just culture.