- Mar 2012
That would be true of the physical monstrous dragon myths. The forces of nature were responsible for others. As I already mentioned, 'dragon' is a generic term which the western world has applied to amything exotic, serpentlike, and powerful. There is no similarity between the beast slain by George at Uffington, Wiltshire, and the unseen presence in the landscape of oriental realms, other than the imagined form in visual terms.
Yet Thessalonian says it has to look like a typical Dragom. what does a typical dragon look like? And how does Quetzalcoatl and Bida of the Western Sudan not fit the description?
When I think of Greek Dragons I think of the Hydra, slain by Hercules in the 2nd of his 12 tasks, which was 9 headed snakelike monster, and which spat out no fire, just like Bida (7 not nine headed). So here is a perfect example of an African dragon bearing similarity to a Greek Dragon, more so than the Western medieval Dragons we are familair with.
I think the dragons that Thessalonian and Hrsvelgr have in mind are the ones from modern day movies and comic books, which are usually Western European. I suppose we will have to wait for the Mexicans to come up with the Aztec equivalent of Beowulf so that the people of the Americas could qualify as having dragon legends.
Am curious what do you think of Acharya S' theory that all these myths are all solar myths, an idea she seems to have taken from Gerard Massey. She would argue that the 12 tasks of Hercules represent the 12 months in a year, or that Hercules clad in the Lion's mane would be the sun in its rays.
Of the African dragon, Bida, she would probably say the seven heads represent 7 days in a week, although am not sure what she would make of the 2 extra heads on the hydra.