Dragons feature in the myths and rituals of many peoples and are often mentioned in European folk tales. They are there at feasts and in initiation rites and they play a part in great festivals celebrating the feats of gods – in Greece, India, among the Hittites, among the Celts and others – especially at the winter solstice.
Suppressed by the Church in the High Middle Ages, when they were equated with the Devil, dragons are above all a survival of former religions.
In this book, the author asks where dragons come from. Are they Chinese? Near Eastern? Indo-European? What meanings are ascribed to them and what do they represent?
Here we discover the richness and diversity of myths concerning this fabulous creature.