Year of the Dragon says Dragon
All Chinese people in the world have a good impression of dragons. Taiwanese composer Hou Dejian's "Descendants of the Dragon" sang throughout the Chinese world, but if you ask further about the connotation of Chinese dragon culture, it is difficult to explain clearly at the moment.
When the Year of the Dragon is coming, it is very meaningful to explore the ins and outs of dragon culture.
There have always been different opinions about the origin of the dragon.
One is related to snakes. According to legends of ghost heads in the primitive period, people have a sense of mystery about snakes that have no feet and can move freely. From mystery to awe, to deification, they even think that the main part and basic form of dragons are snakes.
The second is related to crocodiles. Because the crocodile has a dragon shape, it is commonly known as "earth dragon". Wei Juxian, an expert on ancient insects in China, first said "a dragon is a crocodile" in the third series of "Research on Ancient History" in 1934.
The third is related to horses. It is said that the head of a dragon is similar to the head of a horse, and it is even believed that a horse has three parts of a dragon. "Zhou Li Xia Guan" said: Horses above eight feet are called dragons.
The fourth is related to lightning. The ancients often regarded the heavy rain in the world as the rain of the dragon, especially the shape of lightning and the shape of the dragon, and the "rumbling" sound of thunder, which is very similar to the pronunciation of "dragon", so the dragon Its origin is associated with lightning in the sky.
In addition, there are many interpretations of the archetype of dragons. Guo Ruoxu, a scholar of the Song Dynasty, said that "a dragon has nine likenesses", namely: "The horns are like a deer, the head is like a camel, the eyes are like a rabbit, the neck is like a snake, the abdomen is like a mirage, the scales are like a fish, the claws are like an eagle, the palms are like a tiger, and the ears are like a dragon." ox".
The reason why the dragon, which does not exist in the real world, has become a cultural symbol commonly recognized by the Chinese world, I think, is precisely because it does not exist, and does not belong to any of the north, south, east, south, and north, so that it can get rid of the limitations of place and race, and can accommodate the Chinese people in the world. Common ideals and beliefs can become the common cultural symbol of Chinese people all over the world.
Needless to say more about the details of dragon culture, what is more exciting is that dragon culture not only belongs to the past tense, but also belongs to the present, and also belongs to the future; dragon culture is an open and dynamic system that can continuously absorb new ones; dragon culture will accompany the development of the Chinese nation And develop.
In the past, the emperors of all dynasties described themselves as the incarnation of the dragon. The dragon leaps and the phoenix sings", and those who are admitted to the top prize are called "climbing the dragon's gate"; in the customs and habits of ordinary people, dragon culture is ubiquitous: playing dragon lanterns, playing dragon dances, and rowing dragon boats, it continues to this day…
A culture that can be accepted by people of different classes is the power of integration.
The auspicious and festive atmosphere brought by the dragon culture today is a relief from personal pressure and a yearning for a better life, so that when young people get married, they look forward to "auspiciousness brought by the dragon and the phoenix".
The Chinese nation is a nation with a long history and a developing nation. The dragon in our hearts will always hold its head high, its eyes wide open, its scales shaken, its spirit high, and it keeps forging ahead. The image of the dragon not only brings you joy, but also gives you a kind of strength.
Therefore, in the legend of the ghost head , the core of dragon culture is integration, auspiciousness and forge ahead.