There aren’t too many people that aren’t familiar with Chinese dragon pictures. Not only are they highly respected and can be seen throughout China and other parts of the world, but they’re also finding their way into pop culture, with many people choosing to get things such as Chinese dragon tattoos, or hang Chinese dragon art in their homes. But why is the Chinese dragon so popular, and just exactly do Chinese dragon pictures mean?
Chinese dragons represent wealth, power, and good luck. You can also tell by looking at many Chinese dragon pictures that they are heavily associated with the number nine. The number nine is of great value in the Chinese culture, because it is the highest possible single digit.
And because the number nine is so highly regarded, the parts of a Chinese dragon all have nine parts that are taken from other animals. These parts are: the horns of a deer; the head of a camel; the eyes of a demon; the neck of a snake; the stomach of a clam; the scales of a carp fish; the claws of an eagle; the soles of a tiger; and the ears of a cow. One can also see the great meaning of the number nine in Chinese dragon pictures simply by looking at them. The “Nine Dragon Wall” can also be seen throughout China. This picture shows nine large dragons along its edge with many small dragons among them.
Pictures of the Chinese dragons are also highly associated with royalty in Chinese culture, especially nine dragons. The first Emperor of the Chinese people was named Huang Di and it was said that after his death, he transformed into a dragon and rose to heaven. This is where many of the Chinese dragon legends come from today, and is the reason why only Emperors in China are allowed to wear robes with pictures of nine dragons on it.
In China, dragons are also thought to have great powers, especially over water. Because of this, placing a Chinese dragon picture up in your home so that it is facing water is thought to bring very good luck to those in the home.