Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Chinese Dragon, the Symbol of Enlightenment

Eastern Dragon vs Western DragonNowadays when we are talking about animal in China someone may think about Panda, the cute Panda is the national animal of China but the symbol of Chinese spirit may not avoid Dragon which was believed to be the path into greater enlightenment.

In the Celestial Empire as China, Dragon can compare to the symbol of the Chinese race itself. Chinese population all over the world are proudly proclaim themselves as “Descendents of the Dragon”. Chinese Dragons are referred to the divine mythical creature that brings with it ultimate abundance, prosperity and good fortune.

Ancient Chinese Civilization was permeated by Dragon and it shaped Chinese culture until today. Its benevolence signifies greatness, goodness and blessings.

Chinese Dragon ( or Long) symbolize power, excellence, valiancy, boldness, heroism, perseverance, nobility and divinity. Dragon defeats all of the obstacles until he is success; the characteristic of dragon is energetic, decisive, optimistic, intelligent and ambitious.

Eastern Dragon VS Western Dragon

Eastern Dragons as in China have the positive energies with the good repute; Chinese Dragons were described as beautiful, friendly, and wise.

Chinese Dragons are the angels of the Orient, they love worshipped as you can see in every Chinese temples there are countless of Chinese dragons decorated in almost every parts of temple.

Temples and Shrines have been built to honor them as they control the rain, rivers, lakes, and seas. Numerous cities in China have pagodas where people burns incense and pray to dragons.

Western Dragons are totally different from Orient as they have negative energies. Western Dragons were hated by people because they were hostile, fierce, rampant, brutality, and bestial. Western Dragons are the terrifying monster that destroyed everything and eat every animal including human being so that the culture in the West and in the East are completely different as their distinguish of cultures.

Dragons in China

In China there is the Black Dragon Pool Chapel near Beijing the Capital city, this place for worship was reserved for the Empress and her court.

On the first and fifteenth of every month the special worship services took place there. Dragon Shrines and altars can still be seen in every parts China, they are usually along seashores and riverbanks as most Chinese Dragons live in the water.

Chinese people believe that Dragon brings upon the essence of life in the form of its celestial breath well-known as “sheng chi”. Dragons yield life and bestow their power in the form of the seasons, bringing water from rain, warmth from the sunshine, wind from the seas and soil from the Earth.

The forces of Mother Nature or the greatest divine force on Earth are represented by the Dragons.

Chinese Dragons symbolize the divine of protection and vigilance as it is regarded as the Supreme Being amongst all creatures in the world.

Dragons can live in the seas, fly up to the heavens and coiled up in the land in the form of mountains. It is the divine mythical animal that can ward off wandering evil spirits and protect the innocent and bestow safety to all that hold his emblem.
Chinese Dragon is the ultimate symbol of Fortunateness.
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