Dragon Riders Of Rama Picture

The 'Rama Empire' of Northern India and Pakistan developed at least fifteen thousand years ago on the Indian sub-continent and was a nation of many large, sophisticated cities, many of which are still to be found in the deserts of Pakistan, northern, and western India and is believed to be the birthplace of all Dragons! Rama...was ruled by 'enlightened Priest-Kings' who governed the cities.
"The seven greatest capital cities of Rama were known in classical Hindu texts as 'The Seven Rishi Cities'. According to ancient Indian texts, the people had flying beasts which were called 'vimanas'.
"The Vedas, ancient Hindu poems, thought to be the oldest of all the Indian texts (the oldest being 15000 years old), describe vimanas of various shapes and sizes: the 'ahnihotra-vimana' with two fires, the 'elephant-vimana' with more fires, and other types named after the kingfisher, ibis and other animals."

"Now Vata's dragon's greatness! Breaking goes it, ?And Thunderous is its noise, ?To heaven it touches, ?Makes light a red fiery glare, and whirls dust upon the earth." ?     - Rig-Veda ?(Vata is the Aryan god of wind.)

"Taoist tales often tell of adepts or immortals flying through the air on the backs of beasts with giant wings. The xian were immortals capable of flight under their own divine power and could summon to them Dragons. They were said to be feathered and scaled, and a term that has been used for Taoist priests is yu ke, meaning 'feathered guest'. The fei tian, which might be translated as 'flying immortals', also appear in early tales, adding to the numbers of airborne beings in the Chinese mythological corpus."
"The Chinese tales of fei che, flying beasts, exhibit the first the first written understanding of Dragons! A hymn written in the second century B.C. speaks of deity appearing in chariots drawn by flying dragons."

Could these be the origins of the Great Dragons of mythology? Food for thought! Enjoy! ;^}
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