Chinese dragons are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology and folklore, with mythic counterparts among Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Bhutanese, Western and Turkic dragons. They are seen as “in charge” of water-related weather phenomenon. In Chinese art, dragons are typically portrayed as long, scaled, serpentine creatures with four legs. In yin and yang terminology, a dragon is yang and complements a yin fenghuang (Chinese phoenix). In Chinese arts today, the dragon is mostly used for decorative purposes. It is a taboo to disfigure a depiction of a dragon.
Contrary to western dragons which are considered aggressive beasts and evil, dragons in Chinese culture including many Asian countries symbolize potent, auspicious powers, strength, and good luck. People are compared or referred to the dragon for exceptional achievements and high social standings. Expecting our children to become dragons has been the perpetual inner force driving parents to become ‘tiger mom or dad’ all over the world.
Since the last century, Chinese people began to use the term “Descendants of the Dragon” as a sign of ethnic identity. A pop song in the same name had become so popular that people live under drastically contradicting political systems and geological areas can hold hands sing-along and feel the pride of being the “Children of the Dragon”.
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Articles - This Issue
- Get in the Holiday Spirit at Henry Mayo’s Holiday Home Tour
- Make the Holidays Brighter with the SCV Jaycees 15th Annual Santa’s Helpers Toy Drive
- A Note from The Publishers - December 2013
- Gingerbread House Contest
- Holiday Classic on Stage at the CTG
- JAZZ in the Afternoon, Relax and Enjoy
- Justin Time Children’s House Grief is love, with no place to go.
- Good News and Great Joy For SC Master Chorale’s Holiday Concert
- The Treasured Talent of Santa Clarita Ballet’s Nutcracker
- A Pictures Is Worth a Thousand Words Wedding Photo Contest