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A Study of Dragons, East and West


Qiguang Zhao

Few symbols saturate human civilization so broadly and thoroughly as those of the ubiquitous and enigmatic dragon. This compelling book examines, compares, and analyzes the appearance and symbolization of the Eastern and Western dragons and treats them as the crystallization of human cultures. It shows that Chinese dragons resemble one another but suggest different ideas in different contexts, while Western dragons have different appearances but often denote a single concept. As one of the most notable achievements of dragonology, this book offers astonishing new insights into dragons as zoological «fact», psychological archetypes, and ideological symbols.
Contents: This study focuses on the «origin,» development, symbolic meanings, and appearances of Eastern and Western dragons. It also examines dragon slayers and the structure of dragon slayer tales.