Chinese Dragons


Drache in China

   

Among many other animals, dragons have a very important meaning as a symbol of longevity, noblesse and immortality. To the Chinese, the Imperial Dragon or Lung, is considered to be the primary of four benevolent spiritual animals. Having unrivaled wisdom and power the dragon symbolized the Emperors of China themselves, who were actually called dragons. China's first emperor, was said to have a dragon's tail. The dragon is visualized as a long, scaled, snake-like, wingless, serpentine creature with clawed feet.
 

Drache Tang Dynasty
Tang Dynasty (AD618-906).
The first Chinese emperor Qín Shihuángdì (214 BC) decreed that the dragon with five claws would be his emblem, while the four-clawed dragon was typically for certain high ranking officials and imperial nobility. The three clawed dragon was used by lower ranks and the common people. Improper use of claw numbers was considered treason, often punished by execution of the offender's entire clan.
 

Quin Shuang Di erster Kaiser von China
Qin Shuangdi, first Chinese Emperor


The eastern dragon is composed of different animals: the body of a snake, scales of a carp, head of a camel with antlers of a deer, eyes of the rabbit, ears like an ox, neck from a iguana, paw from a tiger with claws from an eagle. Often, lion's mane in the neck, chin and elbow finish the dreadful appearance. Eastern dragons have 117 scales, 81 are field with yang (positive elements) where 36 scales are Yin and represent the evil spirits.

There are also some regional differences between Chinese, Korean and Japanese Dragons. According to a Chinese legend all Imperial dragons originated in China. The further away from China a dragon went the fewer claws it had. Therefore, Chinese imperial dragons have five claws on each foot, while Korean dragons have four, and Japanese dragons have three.
Ying & Yang

 
Chinese zodiac
The dragon is one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac which is used to designate years in the Chinese calendar and is associated with certain personality traits. Dragon years are usually the most popular to have babies, preferable baby boys. There are more babies born in dragon years than in any other animal years of the Zodiac.

 
Drache am Ryutakuji Tempel, Mishima
 
Dragons in Japan
When Buddhist monks brought their faith to Japan they transmitted dragon and snake legends from Buddhist and Hindu mythology from India and China to Japan.
 
Ukiyo-e artist were fascinated by the Japanese dragon.

Early prints, created around 1860 by Kunisada II Utagawa, depict the Buddha riding on the back of a giant sea-dragon.

Drache am Ryutakuji Tempel, Mishima
Dragon at Ryutakuji Temple, Mishima

 

Dragon have inspired Japanese since early days. The most famous Zen garden in the Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto is also know as the 'Temple of the peaceful dragon'.

 

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Ryutsuki Rokkaku Yukimi

 

 

The Ryutsuki Rokkaku Yukimi is a blended lantern based on the traditional Rokkaku Yukimi with an impressive dragon on top of the roof. This Chinese style stone lantern shows in addition two frogs on the Chudai (middle stand, platform for the firebox). Among many other animals, dragons have a very important meaning as a symbol of longevity, noblesse and immortality.

In ancient China the mythical frogs are believed to be the bearer of good fortune and are the ultimate symbol to bring abundance to the home.
 

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