Dragons throughout different civilizations and cultures are considered mythological elements with variations in terms of their characteristics.
The word dragon derives from the Greek δράκων – serpent or dragon – from the verb δέρκομαι – to stare – which applies to the gaze of snakes, eagles, the Gorgon, and warriors. Cultures with the greatest evidence of worship to dragons are Greek and Asian mythology.
Role Of Dragons
In these mythologies, to create an explanation for the number of fossils found, a kind of mysticism was added that provoked in society levels of adoration – and fear – to generate respect and, in turn, order over human beings.
The idea of having dragons – in most cases frightening dragons – that could arise to bring justice after acts that went against the beliefs of the authorities, was undoubtedly a great tool to generate social order; knowing that when breaking the laws according to the mythological commandments, the punishments were charged by these beings.
The cultural differences explained in the mythologies of ancient Europe were intended to generate fear in humanity; but, in Asian mythology, dragons were attributed to the assumption of the greatness of the specimen’s high levels of wisdom and majesty, and that is where the respect for these species and their worship arises.
Evidence Of Their Existence
There are ancient accounts of sailors who visited Indonesia and found dragons on these islands.
It is the Komodo dragon, a huge reptile that can exceed 9.4 foot long, as fast as a dog, and whose bite can be fatal even for humans – due to the infection that can cause a large number of bacteria in their saliva – something that could easily be interpreted as poison.
However, Western researchers were only able to prove its existence in 1910, concluding that this species is one of the last remnants of the megafauna that once inhabited the planet, with animals much larger than the dominant species today.