Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Legends, Dragons and Dinosaurs

.St. George and the Dragon can be seen in many Greek paintings.

Joel Kontinen

The Chinese calendar features real animals and a dragon that most would dismiss as a legendary creature.

If you happen to visit a tiny Greek chapel, you might see a painting featuring St George (Άγιος Γεώργιος, Hagios Georgios) and the Dragon.

While it is true that legends do not describe factual history, they might well reflect real historic events. St. George was probably a real person. The dragon might also have been real.

Many other legends and some medieval encarvings also feature dragons or dinosaurs.

John Bunyon's Pilgrim's Progress also includes a beast that looks a bit like a dragon.

And the Old Testament book of Job includes a description of Behemoth that might well be a huge dinosaur.

So, what if dragons were dinosaurs who lived at the same time as humans. Some of them must have been very frightening.