The Chinese Dragon Symbolism

The legend of the Chinese Dragon goes back to the earliest days of the Chinese religion. Since then, the Chinese Dragon has been considered one of the most important symbols in the Chinese culture, as it means power, luck, and wisdom. Being compared to a Chinese Dragon is one of the biggest compliments a Chinese man can receive, since this mighty creature is worshiped dearly. Unlike other European dragons, which are depicted in a negative way, the Chinese Dragon is seen as kind and benevolent, a true protector of the human kind. The Chinese Dragon is so deified, that even temples and shrines have been built in its honor.

In everyday life, all Chinese persons aspire to be like the Chinese Dragon. This is why the Chinese people love to see themselves as descendants of the dragon. The love and respect they have for the Chinese Dragon is unbelievable, so defiling a depiction of a dragon is very unseemly. Numerous legends, myths and proverbs have been born due to the Chinese Dragon. In some of them, the Chinese Dragon is the controller of rain, rivers, lakes, and seas. In other legends, the Chinese Dragon is the one to wander evil spirits in order to protect the innocent and provide safety for the people. In the Chinese language, the Chinese Dragon is also known as ”long” or ”lung”. Even though the Chinese Dragon flies in the sky among clouds, most pictures depict it playing with a flaming pearl, which is said that it gives it power and the ability to ascend into heaven.

The Chinese Dragon comes in several types, as well: Tianlong, Shenlong, Fucanlong, Dilong, Yinglong (which is the oldest Chinese Dragon and the only one to gave wings), Quilong, Panlong, Huanglong, and Long Wang. Each Chinese Dragon has its own characteristics and special powers, but all of them are equally beloved, honored and worshiped. The Chinese people are so fond of the Chinese Dragon, that every year on New Year’s Day they initiate the famous Dragon Parade, which lasts for 16 days and ends with a Chinese Dragon dance. The Chinese surely love their dragons.