The Dragon

The red dragon

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First a little taxonomy. Many people confuse the eastern and western dragon. The western dragon (Chiroptera) lives in the mountains, has wings and eats people. The eastern dragon (Squamata) lives in the swamps, has no wings and is noted for it’s wisdom. It is unlikely that they will ever meet, and if they do they could not breed, they are of different genus categories. The eastern dragon is to the left, the western above. Dragons The western dragon (Chiroptera) has two sub-species Dracos, in the nordic lands, and Capricorn in the southern lands. Dracos lives in the mountains, has bat wings and eats people.

 

Capricorn is the pagan dragon. The church changed the dragon to the goat symbol in order to break with paganism. Even a cursory examination will show, however, that this is not a goat. They did the same thing with Christmas. as it has no wings it may be a cross between Dracos and the eastern dragon, although geneticists will say that is impossible.

 

And then there is the American dragon (Thunderbird)(Avian) it has feathered wings. the Quetzalcoatl is described as a white god with pale skin and blue eyes. Quetzalcoatl was known by several names. The Toltecs and Aztecs refer him as Quetzalcoatl. The people of the Incas called him Viracocha. The Mayans called him Kukulcan. The Chibchas called him Bochica. The Aymara from Peru called him Hyustus.

And then there is the Komodo. This is another of those things it’s nice to watch through a fence. They eat people and other large animals. The have a toxi c bite, are 10 ft long and can weigh 300 lbs. Like the western and eastern dragons they are quite rare and on the endangered species list. Singapore zoo x

chit chak This is my favorite. I’ll admit he’s not very impressive at 6 inches. The common Singapore house gecko. These things are death on insects. They hide behind pictures during the day and come out at night to wreak havoc on the insect population. They are named after the sound they make (yup, they bark) “tchak tchak tchak”. They are so effective that you can’t buy screen in Singapore. I needed some to repair a processor filter. I took awhile for the merchant to understand what I meant, then he asked me what you could use it for. They’re actually cuter than the picture shows, kinda like a cocker spaniel without ears. In the 2 1/2 years I spent in Singapore I didn’t see one mosquito or fly. Love ’em ChitChakx

Here be dragons. Sadly, many species went extinct when the earth suddenly went from flat to a sphere in the 15th century not giving them time to adapt to the new world order. Many maps of the era actually showed where these marvelous beasts could be found. Unfortunately tectonic plate movement has subsumed all fossils so we only know of thrir existence from the pre-spherical era as shown on maps.

I’ll start with the eastern dragon. those born in the “year of the dragon” are considered to be blessed. There is a big spike in births when the “year of the dragon” comes around. Chinese Zodiac Dragon Dance
In the west the dragon is represented by Capricorn in the zodiac. Here’s a link if you’re curious. Different readings seem to have little relation to each other.

Zodiac

This is the Merlion. A cross between a lion and a mermaid. How unlikely is that? It sits at the entrance to the harbor in Singapore. Kind of like a statue of liberty. When they put the water recycling plant online, someone dumped a bunch of yellow dye in the fountain so it looked like the merlion was spitting out piss. I thought it was funny, but the officials were pissed (in both senses of the word).

Fu dogs are all over the place in Singapore. They’re really supposed to be lions but they call them dogs and they look weird. Blue lion with pink polka dots and green hair? They are always in pairs. These people are nothing if not fun. Lion Dance
chiropterophily

And then there’s the “Flower of death”. It blossoms once a year and smells like, well, death. The aroma could gag a maggot. It’s pollinated by a bat. Isn’t that lovely?While I’m talking about critters, has anybody ever seen a tiger? I don’t mean those wimpy little things you see in the zoo. I mean a TIGER. Living in Singapore you tend to forget that right across jahore bahru is tropical jungle. My wife and I would go into Malaya for the beach. On one of these outings I saw a tiger strolling down the beach, and decided to take a swim. My original plan was to swim to the Philipines, but then I remembered that these waters were notorious for sharks. So, as I wait waist deep, I make a mental note to myself “in the future, if there is one, try to maintain better situational awareness”. For some reason, these things seem bigger when there are no bars between you. This thing could walk out to where I’m waiting without getting it’s belly wet.

 

 

Yet another critter I ran into in Singapore. This is the Singapura, found nowhere else. Called the Singapore love cat because of their affectionate nature. Smaller than a domestic cat they are quite rare outside of Singapore where they are considered a national treasure. Affectionate little beggers. Singapura

chit chak This is my favorite. The common Singapore house gecko. These things are death on insects. They hide behind pictures during the day and come out at night to wreak havoc on the insect population. They are named after the sound they make (yup, they bark) “tchak tchak tchak”. They are so effective that you can’t buy screen in Singapore. I needed some to repair a processor filter. I took awhile for the merchant to understand what I meant, then he asked me what you could use it for. They’re actually cuter than the picture shows, kinda like a cocker spaniel without ears. In the 2 1/2 years I spent in Singapore I didn’t see one mosquito or fly. Love ’em ChitChak

The Chinese dragon is power particularly control over water, rainfall, and floods. It is the male yang that wears away the rock in the stream.

The Chinese phoenix is finesse It is the female yin that eases around the rock in the stream.

In North America the dragon evolved into four distinct species of the order Thunderbird. Only one photograph is known to exist. Tentatively identified as an air dragon. Quite an impressive critter.

Power Dragons – Transformation, infinity, wisdom

Shamonic Journey

Fire Dragon a symbol of transmutation, energy and mastery, it lends enthusiasm, courage and vitality. It will help you overcome obsticles. You will be given the qualities of leadership and mastery.

Air Dragon gives insight, inspiration and vitality. It must be handled with respect. Illumination in intellect and psyche are possible. Insight and clarity will be given for all problems. As always – trust your inner voice.

Earth Dragon brings potential, power and riches. What you are capable of will be revealed. You may discover the beauty and power that lies within you, within us all. The earth dragon resides deep within. When you call on him for help, think of a slowly paced heavy dragon pulling himself toward you. Feel his weight surrounding you. He will nurture you.Water Dragon brings connection, depth and passion. The water dragon as power animal brings memories and wishes, perhaps long forgotten yet hidden, to the fore. A sense of peace and balance can be achieved in our lives. The water dragon will give you the courage and compassion in this challenge.
And then there is the Komodo. This is another of those things it’s nice to watch through a fence. They eat people and other large animals. The have a toxi c bite, are 10 ft long and can weith 300 lbs. Like the western and eastern dragons they are quite rare and on the endangered species list. Singapore zooAnd of Course I am the humble, wise and sagatious red dragon, shape shifting to the modest, eloquent and erudite omniscient maharishi emeritus el Loco Gringo when the situation demands, much beloved by all, especially myself. Amaeur Cryptozoologist on occasion.

“I am blessed/cursed with the gift/burden of the we inside of me”

And this little thingie on the left is a cane I bought in Singapore. Not just a cane, it’s a weapon with a solid brass handle/head. The other end has a grip. You could really snatch a knot in someone’s gulliver with this thing. They took my sword cane away. Thailand, I think. This is a long post but the only thing I enjoy talking about more than dragons is me.

S’poreDragonDance


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2 Responses to “The Dragon”

  1. Singapore? You get around Walt. Thanks for this insight.

    michael j

    • ellocogringo Says:

      Hi Mr M
      Insight? but this is the way the mind is supposed to work. My problem is with outsight, trying to understand why stupid people do stupid things at stupid times for stupid reasons.

      Yeah, I get around, (used to anyway) kinda like hemingway but never wrote a book. I spend 28 years overseas. I didn’t want to die knowing that I may have missed something.

      walt

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