Origin Of The Dragon
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It is difficult to determine a geographical or historical origin of dragons. Their appearance seems to date back to the first civilizations. However, it is difficult to imagine a relationship with the great reptiles that disappeared in the Cretaceous. Of course, we must exclude the fact that the first humans were in contact with dinosaurs (as is sometimes represented in the films), several tens of millions of years separating them. The hypothesis that the founders of the first civilizations found dinosaur bones seems equally uncertain. It is indeed quite rare to find these fossils in the open air, released by erosion. This would not explain the universality of the myth.
More likely, dragons appear, in one form or another, at the same time as other imaginary monsters. The oldest known traces date back about 6000 years, to a Neolithic tomb in Xishuipo, an archaeological site in Henan province, China: formed by shells, its shape stands out clearly alongside the deceased. The discovery of this tomb dates back to the 1980s.
Another 2500-year-old representation, made of coloured bricks, was found on the walls of the Ishtar Gate, one of Babylon's monumental gates.
However, this is an imaginary religious figure, as are the sphinx, sirens or any other fabulous creature. These are based more on existing animal species, than on man's fantasy of hybridity, than on the discovery of a gigantic dinosaur skeleton (he is described as "a fantastic animal (...) with lions' claws, wings and a snake's tail" in the Larousse). Thus monsters with similar but different forms can be found in almost all ancient cultures, and these myths have subsequently "contaminated" each other, to approach the current figure, now universal.