I'd like to concentrate on their good points. Despite somewhat fiery temperaments, dragons are relatively peaceful and generally keep a low profile, going about their work guarding their treasures. Their aggression only rises when confronted with a threat.
But isn't this what you would expect from a loyal dragon doing his job?
I'm sure the working conditions are less than ideal. And what does a dragon receive for his stoic efforts in battling his enemies and protecting his treasure, be it money or maidens?
These days, I think small dragons could make good house pets. They would be fairly low maintenance, although toenails would need clipping regularly, could light the barbecue on command, and be a great watch dragon for the whole neighbourhood.
Artists and illustrators have always been inspired by the myths and legends surrounding dragons.
|Dragon from Korea, artist unknown|
|Netsuke with tiger and dragon, artist unknown|
|St George and the Dragon, artist Paolo Uccello|
|Another St George and the Dragon, artist Deborah Niland|
|Chinese dragon, artist Libico Maraja|
|Dragon Boats, artist Libico Maraja|