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Cosmic Dragons: Japan and Sumer

April 14, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 135

Dragons have played more than a ornamental role in the mythologies of the world, not simply being that captors of damsels. In many cultures they are at the heart of mythology being there from the days of creation, encircling the world, guarding the ocean, and devouring the sun.

Here we focus on the Cosmic Dragons of 2 ancient cultures, that of Japan and Sumer.

Japan is an island nation. Thus, their myths reflect the importance of the sea, and dragon-wise, it is no exception. There are 2 main types of Japanese Dragon: the tatsu, the lake-dragon, who grant blessings to local fishermen, and their ocean counterparts, the ryujin, the Royalty of Dragons.

The Ryujin are almost reminiscent of the mer-legends of the norse. They live, under the reign of the Dragon King, in palaces of coral beneath the sea, attended by a court of jellyfish and all the beings of the ocean. The Dragon King was responsible for the temper of the sea, and so was revered by merchants and sailors. It was also believed that flood and other acts of nature were the result of warring Dragons.

There were once shrines all along the coast dedicated to the Dragon King, and yearly festivals. It is prudent to note that it is believed the first Emperor of Japan is a direct descendent of the Dragon King.

In Sumeria, Dragons played an even more integral role in their legends. The goddess of the ocean, Tiamat, was the champion of the earth, and its defender against Marduk, the sky god, and civilization itself.

When in the height the heavens were not yet named

And the earth did not yet bear a name

The gods none had been called into being

Tiamat, the mother of them both... (from the Sacred Tablets of Creation of Babylon)

Here, the stuff of creation itself is a dragon. A culture rapt by the magnet of terror, Sumer viewed the world as a land of savagery. If one strayed from society, scattered dragons were

Sharp of tooth, and merciless of fang

with poison instead of blood she hath filled their bodies

Fierce monsters...

with splendor Tiamat has decked them

As in many legends, this original Creator was slain, and Tiamat was slain in half by Anu, the king of heaven, who vaulted heaven and earth with her ribs. Her tears became the great Tigris an Euphrates. And her tail became the milky way.

Alex Tayrien is a fan of dragon mythology and has broadened that interest into a business, selling dragon items at:

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