Spore creature _ Western Dragon PNG Picture
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One of the most famous and popular mythical creatures, the dragon is featured in various cultures, mythologies and religions all over the world.
The moral alignment of dragons varies a lot between legends. Generally, this difference can be divided into two main groups: Oriental and Western dragons.
In China, Japan, Korea, and other regions of the Far East, oriental dragons are depicted as very elongated, serpentine reptiles with short legs. They are generally benevolent, and are said to bring good luck to those who deserve it. They have strong magical powers, and are said to partly control the forces of nature, such as water, rain, hurricanes and floods.
In Europe and the Near East, western dragons are usually portrayed as evil, often outright demonic creatures, that spew either fire or venom from their mouths or nostrils. There are exceptions to this, however, such as in Welsh folklore, where these creatures are more benevolent. The western dragon is typically shown as having a shorter and thicker body than the oriental dragon, often with longer legs, and sometimes wings, although the number of limbs varies. The number of heads also varies a lot.
The origins of dragon myths are thought to partly stem from a fear of and/or respect for venomous snakes (in centuries past, snakes were sometimes thought of as breathing fire, due to the burning pain of snake bites), as well as misidentified dinosaur fossils. In the Middle East and Asia, there may also have been some inspiration from monitor lizards.
Dragons are also very popular in modern fiction, usually in fantasy. Examples include Smaug, the villainous dragon from J. R. R. Tolkein's The Hobbit, Saphira from Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle series, and of course the dragons that House Targaryen in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) used to conquer Westeros.
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