Celtic Dragon

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Why a Celtic dragon? Because it has always been with me for many years, a random drawing in my teenage mind, a final summary of many epic books of princesses and princes, of history...
That drawing ended a few years ago tattooed on my back as protection, as a guardian, … (read more)

Why a Celtic dragon? Because it has always been with me for many years, a random drawing in my teenage mind, a final summary of many epic books of princesses and princes, of history...
That drawing ended a few years ago tattooed on my back as protection, as a guardian, representing my struggle, my battles, my experience, my wisdom.
For the Celts, the Dragon was a forest deity, whose strength could be controlled and used by wizards.
Among the Celtic conquerors of Britain it was a symbol of sovereignty, and during the Roman occupation of the island it adorned the banners of war, becoming a Heraldic Symbol and then a military one.
The symbolism around the dragon is essentially that of struggle. The struggle between the dragon and a hero or a god has, however, different meanings. In these mythical battles the dragon assumes two roles, that of devourer and that of guardian, which ultimately have only one root: that of a cosmic being in waiting, whose action implies the death - or birth - of a universal order.
Depending on the different cultures that have represented it, the figure of the dragon plays an important role as a god or guardian, or as a monster and powerful enemy. He is attributed with qualities and abilities such as being the possessor of great wisdom and knowledge or sinning in great greed and avarice that leads him to devastate entire populations in order to pile up gigantic treasures. Therefore, the image and figure of the dragon has varied and has been interpreted in many different ways throughout history.
The Western or European dragon tends to be tall and heavy with claws and wings of a bat. They are typically covered with scales but may also have skin or feathers. Some have forked tongues, others crests, stripes, or other adornments and various exotic colorations. They always have the ability to expel fire and smoke.
¿Por qué un dragón celta? Porque siempre me acompaña desde hace muchos años, un dibujo al azar en mi mente de adolescente, resumen final de muchos libros épicos de princesas y príncipes, de historia...
Ese dibujo terminó hace unos años tatuado en mi espalda como protección, como guardián, representando mi lucha, mis batallas, mi experiencia, mi sabiduría.
Para los Celtas, el Dragón era una divinidad de los bosques, cuya fuerza podía ser controlada y utilizada por los magos.
Entre los conquistadores celtas de Britania fue símbolo de soberanía, y durante la ocupación romana de la isla adornó los estandartes de guerra, convirtiéndose en un Símbolo Heráldico y luego militar.
El simbolismo alrededor del dragón es esencialmente el de la lucha. La lucha entre el dragón y un héroe o un dios tiene, sin embargo, distintos significados. En estos míticos combates el dragón asume dos papeles, el de devorador y el de guardián, que tienen finalmente una sola raíz: el de un ser cósmico en espera, cuya acción implica la muerte –o el nacimiento– de un orden universal.
En función de las diversas culturas que lo han representado, la figura del dragón juega un papel importante como dios o guardián, o como monstruo y poderoso enemigo. Se le atribuyen cualidades y habilidades tales como ser poseedor de una gran sabiduría y conocimiento o pecar de gran avaricia y codicia que le conduzca a devastar poblaciones enteras para apilar gigantescos tesoros. Por lo tanto, la imagen y figura del dragón ha ido variando y ha sido interpretada de muy diversas formas a lo largo de la historia.
El dragón occidental o europeo tiende a ser alto y pesado con garras y alas de murciélago. Cubiertos típicamente de escamas pero pueden también tener piel o plumas. Algunos tienen lenguas bifurcadas, otras crestas, franjas, o algún otro adorno y varias coloraciones exóticas. Tiene siempre la capacidad de expulsar fuego y humo.


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