Dragons are important mythological creatures in Chinese Culture, and Chinese people use dragon decorative costumes in traditional festivals (such as dragon boat racing in Dragon Boat Festival and dragon dancing in Chinese New Year). Check out these 10 Interesting Facts about Chinese Dragon below. How many of these do you already know?
1. Chinese Dragon and Legend
According to the Chinese legend, the dragon was a benevolent and strong creature that has the power to bring rain, floods, and even hurricanes to land.
2. Chinese Dragon and Positive Connotation
In Chinese mythology, dragons have a very positive connotation. They represent power, strength, and good luck, and they are symbols of powerful people such as emperors.
4. Chinese Dragon and Dragon Dance
The dragon dance is performed in Chinese New Year and in grand-opening businesses because it symbolizes prosperity, good fortune, and good luck. The long dragon is created using hoops made of bamboo covered by glistening fabric and supported by poles that are held by performers.
5. Chinese Dragon and Ancient Celestial Guardians
The four celestial guardians are the vermilion bird, the white tiger, the black tortoise, and the dragon. The dragon represents the east and the elements of wood based on the ancient Chinese astrology and the Five Element theory. The vermilion bird represents the south and the element of fire, the white tiger represents the west and the element of gold, and the black tortoise represents the north and element of water.
6. Chinese Dragon and Yin Yan Philosophy
Based on the Yin Yang philosophy, dragons are yang, and they are strong and powerful. On the other hand, phoenix is yin, which is gentle and graceful.
7. Chinese Dragon and Emperors
Several Chinese emperors are identified with the dragon. The ancient emperors called their sons Seeds of Dragons, their robes were Dragon Robes, and their place was a Dragon Place. Starting in the Han Dynasty (206 BC -220 AD), emperors in China took on the symbols of the Dragon.
8. Chinese Dragon and the Chinese language
In the Chinese language, there are many words for dragon, and these words end with Long (dragon in Chinese). These words include Shenlong (god dragon) and Huolong (fire dragon).
9. Chinese Dragon and Chinese Zodiacs
The dragon is one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, and every 12 years is the year of the dragon. A person who is born in the year of dragon has the characteristics of being a great leader and having longer life expectancy.
10. Chinese Dragon and Art
The dragon is a symbol for power and gentleness in all forms of Chinese art. Examples include dragon scrolls, dragon sculptures, dragon paintings, dragon calligraphy, the architecture of all time (on rooftops of buildings or as large stone statues), and modern day dances.