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Dragon
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I. History of Religions – II. History of Art

I. History of Religions

The word “dragon” (from Gk δράκων/drákōn, “staring one”?) denotes especially snakes and (mostly gigantic) snake-like composite beings with a numinous aura, but also other composite beings (e.g. the Mesopotamian “lion dragon”: RLA VII, 97–99). Dragons have only positive connotations in East Asia, where they appear as kind heavenly beings, providers of rain and light, and guarantors of fertility. Dragons are a…

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Uehlinger, Christoph and Böcher, Otto, “Dragon”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_03880>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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