Dragons in Myth

Many historians I have read over the ages that talk about dragons only being a mythical creature as evidenced by the prevalence of ancients calling comets “dragons”.

Yes, certainly, the comets do resemble dragons, flying around in the sky with their long tails.

But where would the people get the notion that comets resembled dragons if they did not have something more concrete to base it on.

Dragons cannot have originated in comets or the people would say “Hey, that thing up there looks just like itself!”

They try to find some tangible thing they know about to describe what they see in the sky.

If the myth of the dragon began with a comet, how could people choose to describe it as… well, itself?

Of course, I suppose that one generation could have seen a comet and created the idea that it was some mythical beast and start calling it a dragon so that later generations could see the thing in the sky and call it a dragon, but it seems a stretch.

But maybe not.

Who knows for certain, but I think the legends of dragons speak more about what has been lost than what has merely been imagined.

Besides, why would peoples all around the world speak of the same creature without any prior knowledge of such? You’d think that someone would call it something else, but no, it seems it reminds everyone of dragons.

Makes you wonder about where the myths really started, huh?

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6 Responses to “Dragons in Myth”

  1. Angiras Says:

    The dragon in myth was caused by the initial approach of proto-Venus to the Earth within decades after it was formed by a high energy impact on Jupiter about 6000 years ago. The close approach of this incandescent planet is what turned northern Africa into the Sahara and its desicated path is observable throughout the Middle East all the way to the Himalayas, described by the astronaut J. Apt as “the most striking feature on the surface of the Earth”. Because of its great heat, proto-Venus was out-gassing an enormous amount of material which formed two multi-million mile long black tails in space, described as two branding irons (in the fire) in the Vedas. It approached the Earth from the Sun side so its tails preceded it. As it closed with the Earth the tail material entered the atmosphere and the charged particles in the tail became contorted into a black dragon-like shape due to the magnetic field of the Earth. Because proto-Venus was so bright it shown with the contorted tail material extending down toward the Earth. This presented the image of a dragon rising up from the Earth with proto-Venus in its mouth – a battle scene. It was visible to all cultures in the Eastern hemisphere and therefore the common image is in all mythologies. This close approach of proto-Venus and the attendant destruction along its path were the origin of the Greek myth of Phaethon, the son of Helios, who failed to control the chariot of the Sun. The descriptions of destruction in the myth are very specific as to its path, creating the Sahara, evaporating the Mediterranean, the mouths of the Nile, causing the eruption of every volcano, etc. Check out Plato’s Timeaus and read what the Egyptian priests at Sais told Solon the Greek about the myth of Phaethon.

    • rsmarshal Says:

      Interesting supposition.

      It sounds very Velikovskian in its elements and the details add more suggestions to the theory.

      Still, it is regarded as “pseudo-science” and will not get a hearing in any journals but I think the concept has merit. I am still a little hazy on the mechanism that created Venus from the planet Jupiter but there are serious scientists who theorize that the Moon was born out of the Pacific Basin. I don’t think that’s where the Moon came from but we may never know for sure.

      Still there are two ancient peoples who claim to have been on their homelands since “before the Moon”.

      Thanks for your comment.

  2. atoasttodragons Says:

    It would be cool if there actually were dragons (unless one were being eaten), but I doubt it. Ancient people, like people today, had imaginations. Dragons, vampires… those things are most likely just ideas that “caught on.”

  3. rsmarshal Says:

    Yes, it would definitely be interesting if there had actually been dragons. Many theorists see the last remnant of the dinosaurs in the early dragon myths.

    And, sure, the ancients had as least a good imagination as we did but it does seem a little odd that the myth is strikingly similar in most parts of the ancient world.

    You could just chalk it up to serendipity or you might wonder if there was an actual dragon that the myths were born from. The other commenter, Angiras, thought the “comet” Venus was the real dragon of the myths.

    Who knows? I’d say the idea is still up for debate and, until some more concrete evidence arrives, anyone’s guess is as good as anyone else’s.

    Glad you liked the post.

  4. peacefulchange Says:

    i had not heard about the idea that a comet or sim inspired the idea of dragons … interesting concept … my first inclination is to think that humans had found dinosaur remains, called them dragons & somehow attributed their idea of what a dinosaur was to the comet … perhaps that is where the idea of flying, fire breathing dragons originated … maybe it started as a metaphor … fascinating ideas in this post & thread, nevertheless … something i’ve never really looked into much beyond elementary accounts

    • rsmarshal Says:

      Thanks for your comment. I had heard the concept about the ancients coming across dinosaur bones and even recall an account by ancient Greeks about finding some fossilized bones.

      And it is possible that they connected the bones with the flying comets but then we’ll never know for sure.

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