lies behind the huge popularity of dragon tattoos?
Probably the best answer may be found in this pearl of wisdom
that suggests that dragons are truly our inner selves : look
into a dragon's eyes and see who you are, or want to be.
For centuries, the Chinese people have considered themselves
of the dragon" and families with children born
under the chinese dragon zodiac sign are considered very fortunate.
Meanwhile, in both China and in Japanese
tattoo design, the carp or koi
is a symbol of overcoming immense struggle as it continually
swims upstream to reach its destination. If successful, the
carp is transformed into a magnificent
Although the Far East continues as the home to the most homogenous
of the world's dragons, other seafaring peoples in Norse cultures
saw the Viking
dragon only as a fierce, winged fire-breathing creature
to be feared or, more preferably, slayed wherever possible.
Later, these stories grew to become the stuff of Arthurian legend (also see St. George and the Dragon.)
Elsewhere on the Web, find out more about the history and mystery of dragons, in picture galleries depicting dragon tattoos in all colors, shapes and sizes together with related dragon facts & trivia, inspirational images, and favorite dragon
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