THE SYMBOL OF THE DRAGON IN ASIA
Today, at our 5-star hotel Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa, we are travelling to another world, a world of fantasy, mythology and magic. Also, a world of tradition filled with Asian symbolism. Today we are going to reveal the meaning of the Dragon in Asia.
The dragon is one of the most important and popular symbols in Asia. This mythological animal is found in Asian ornaments, architecture and literature as an allegory of prosperity, strength and the mystical energies that rule the world.
The dragon in Asia represents the 4 elements (earth, wind, fire and water) and it holds the essence of life in it celestial breath, known as “Sheng Chi”. The “chi” it emits, is what “Feng Shui” bases all its theories upon.
In Asian culture, the dragon doesn’t represent the enemy as it does in western cultures, but wisdom, wealth, power and nobility.
The symbol of the dragon means that “something good will happen”, that is why it is so present in the daily lives of many Asian citizens.
The dragon has features of other animals: the body of a snake, the claws of an eagle, the legs of a tiger, the whiskers of a catfish, the horns of deer and the scale of fish. The dragon is also related to number 9 which in China is considered a lucky number.
These are the 3 most popular dragons in Asia:
– FUKU RIU: Is a legend in Japan, as this is the dragon of good fortune. It is said that it flies really high to be near the gods and carry out their wishes. This dragon has no wings, but it has powers that allow him to fly.
– LUNG DRAGONS: These are Chinese dragons which symbolize bravery and audacity, heroism, perseverance, nobility and divinity. In China, dragons are friendly and wise, that is why their people worship them with incense offerings, and pray to them. They are the ones who control the planet and look out for the balance in nature.
– KOREAN DRAGON: In Korea, dragons are called “Yong”, and are similar to Chinese dragons. However, they also have legends of their own. It is said that for a less important dragon, “Imugi”, to become a true Korean dragon, “Yong”, it had to catch a pearl called “Yeouiju” that fell from the sky.
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