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Chinese dragon, colour engraving on wood, Japanese Chinese school, 19th Century

The Dragon, typically depicted as a large and powerful reptile or serpent with magical or spiritual qualities, is one of the few, if not the only mythological creature to be known around the globe. Some dragon enthusiasts believe that the dragon may have had a real-life counterpart from which the legends around the world have been based, but up until this point there appears to be no significant evidence to support this claim (although some have said that they are possibly sightings of surviving dinosaurs). More likely, the dragon has no single origin, but was spontaneously invented by several different cultures around the world, based loosely on the appearance of a snake. This would also explain why Chinese dragons (among others) are generally seen as benevolent, whereas European dragons are malevolent, since Europeans have historically feared snakes.

Dragons are often held to have major spiritual significance in various cultures around the world. One example of them in religion would be some biblical references that seem to hint that the dragon is a type of archangel, one of which by the name of Lucifer, rebelled against God to become known as the seven-headed red dragon called Satan. Some take this as a sign that dragons are an evil force, however other parts of the Christian Scriptures (depending on the version) seem to indicate that God created multiple dragons, not all of whom rebelled. Not all religions have dragons so morally in question. In many oriental cultures, they were a being to be revered, and were representative of the primal forces of nature and the universe.

The term dragon, according to context, may be referring to:

Dragons of ancient mythology
Living things named after ancient dragons
Other things named after ancient dragons
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Mahjong dragon tiles
Dragons of modern literature and culture

The word "dragon" should not be confused with dragoon, heavy cavalry units.

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