Did Dragon Ever Exist?

In the folklore and legends of countries all over the world, there are tales of great and horrible dragons. There are pictured as huge, snake-like monster frightful to behold.

They had bulging eyes, their nostrils spouted flames, and their roar was so great they caused the earth to tremble. One of the most famous of these ancient dragons was the Hydra, which head nine heads!

It devoured many beautiful young girls before it was slain by Hercules. Another famous dragon was the Chimera, a fire breathing monster that met its death at the hands of a young warrior Bellerophon, who was helped by his winged steed, Pegasus.

Many dragons were supposed to be guarding great treasure. The Golden Fleece was guarded by a dragon with a hundred eyes! In other cases, great heroes always fought battles with dragons.

Although the dragon usually represents the spirit of evil, it has also been used as a symbol of protection. The early warriors painted fierce dragons on their shields to frighten away enemies.

At the one people actually did believe that dragons existed. For example, before the time of Columbus, sailors used to be afraid to venture into unknown seas because they believed huge dragons would swallow up the ship and men.

Of course, dragons never existed except in legends, myths, and fairy tales. Then why did he belief in them arise? In prehistoric times, all kinds of huge reptiles roamed the earth. The most terrifying of these beasts, the dinosaur, lived long before man appeared on the earth.

But it is possible that during the time of the cavemen some reptiles of great size still survived, and from this came the legends of the dragons.

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