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Eastern vs. Western?
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Eastern vs. Western?
What do you think are the main differences between eastern dragons and western dragons?

Two of my closest friends are draconic. One is perhaps the most obviously/strongly draconic person I have ever met; she is a western dragon, and very animalistic, high-passion, fire and earth, a long hard stare. The other is a ti-lung, an Eastern earth-dragon; his draconity is not nearly so animalistic, but rather more elemental, and runs deep beneath the surface like a powerful barely-hidden current.

I've known a number of Western dragons over the years, and only a couple Easterns.

What do you think the major differences are between easterns and westerns? The best I usually can come up with, from my observations, is "elemental" (for easterns) vs "animalistic" (for westerns).

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2010-06-04 23:56
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Re: Eastern vs. Western?
Being on several dragon-only forums, I don't see that distinction at all, actually. There are people there who believe their form followed a western body-type who ranged from crocodile-like in thought and action to human-level intelligence and variability. The eastern body type dragons, while I've not yet seen one that was animal-like regarding sapience, have been no different from the sapient 'westerns'.
2010-06-06 1:07
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By "animalistic", I don't mean stupid/non-sapient; I mean more feral.

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2010-06-06 16:09
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Re: Eastern vs. Western?
There does seem to be a more serpentine thing going on. As an interesting note. Dragon comes form the greek word, Drakkon. A Drakkon was just a sort of fabulous serpent.

So perhaps....what IS the western concept of a dragon really?
2010-07-24 15:35
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I think the question would be hard to answer really... you really get a better picture of dragons if you look east as in the west human-dragon relations never really were that good... and consequently dragons are often regarded more as either annoyances to be slayed or fearsome oversized guard dogs than as often benevolent rivals if not superiors to human beings in terms of mental capacity.

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2010-07-24 15:55
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What I have noticed is that basic appearance is the same in both eastern and western, that is, the serpentine thing. Most "western" tales regarding a creature we call a "dragon" is found in germanic and norse lore. In these the word is wyrm. In old norse its Ormr, which is...lo and behold...a snake or a serpent.

it seems to me....that these "dragons," here on earth were really just some noteworthy serpent. Some kind of large, powerful snake like thing.
2010-07-24 17:32
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Acta non Verba Wrote:it seems to me....that these "dragons," here on earth were really just some noteworthy serpent. Some kind of large, powerful snake like thing.

^^This.
The word from which "dragon" derives meant "large serpent".
The terms serpent and dragon were used interchangeably for all of antiquity, and during the early middle ages.

You can see what the Ancients thought a dragon to look like if you take an early depiction of the star constellation Drako,
for example this one
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The wings and feet were only added later.

That's not to say the many kind of dragons people have envisioned, winged, many-headed and what else there is, do not exist somewhere else in the universe <!-- sWink --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- sWink -->
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