The story I am writing now has a version, I suppose, of dragons. It wasn’t MY plan…but then my protagonists rarely listen to what I think the story should be, lol. Dragons they wanted, dragons there must be.
Now I am well into the story, and the more I write of their drachen (dragons) the more I am enjoying reading and discovering the dragons of other lore. Amazing how this one creature…in such a myriad of forms and purposes…survives in so many vastly divergent cultures all across the world.
This one caught my attention…in part because the name…The Rainbow Serpent…is so children’s fantasy, but this is no sweet Puff. Aido Hwedo is the Serpent of the World, a part of the Dahomey creation mythology.
Shenlong caught my attention because the story rather reminded me of the Thunderbirds of Native American mythology. Shenlong is the master of storms, clouds, and the bringer of rain in Chinese mythology.
Apophis or Apep was the ancient Egyptian dragon…the god of Chaos who ‘sweeps away’ the world of men.
And lest fire get all the attention the diety of the ocean and all its power was attributed to Ryūjin, the sea dragon of Japanese mythology.
My drachen, it seems, may aspire to some rather lofty relations.