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Where are there dragon legends?
In most areas of the world there are legends about dragons. In some places the dragons are snake-like In others they are winged. Some live in the sea, others live on land. Some live in the mountains, others live in swamps, or come when called. Some of the dragons are good, others are evil and feared. Some are killed on sight, others are welcomed.
The South American dragons are dangerous, but many also donate their blood or lives to help humans. Chac, a Mayan dragon, required sacrifices, but he would also shed his own blood to produce rain. Iemisch was a dragon from
When people think of dragons they usually think of the European dragons with their wings and habit of capturing princesses. A common tale is that of Knucker, a British dragon, who was a pain to a king who wanted to rid himself of the dragon. He offered his daughter to whoever would kill the dragon. A knight killed the dragon and in return was offered the princess. Another tale, this one from
Little known are the African dragons. Bida was a Soninike legend who in exchange for maidens made it rain gold three times a year. Finally a man in love with the maiden chopped off the head of the dragon. The dragon with its last breath called out a curse that meant the gold would not rain three times a year for seven years, seven months, and seven days.
The dragons of
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