|The Chinese Dragon is like a symbol of the Chinese race itself. Chinese
around the world,proudly proclaim themselves "Long De Chuan Ren"(Descendents
of the Dragon). Dragons are referred to as the divine mythical creature
that brings with it ultimate abundance, prosperity and good fortune. The
legend of the Chinese Dragon permeates the ancient Chinese civilization
and shaped their culture until today. Its benevolence signifies greatness,
goodness and blessings. Unlike the the negative energies associated with
Western Dragons, most Eastern Dragons are beautiful, friendly, and wise.
Dragons are the angels of the Orient. Instead of being hated, they are loved
and worshipped. Temples and shrines have been built to honor them, for they
control the rain,rivers, lakes, and seas. Many Chinese cities have pagodas
where people used to burn incense and pray to dragons. The Black Dragon
Pool Chapel, near Peking, was reserved for the Empress and her court.
Everything connected with Eastern Dragons is blessed. The Year of the Dragon which takes place ever twelve years, is lucky.Children born during Dragon Years enjoy health, wealth, and long life. (1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 were Dragon Years.)
The Chinese Dragon is often seen as the symbol of divine protection. It is regarded as the Supreme Being among all creatures. It has the ability to live in the seas, fly up the heavens and coiled up in the land in the form of mountains. Being the divine mythical animal, the Dragon can ward off wandering evil spirits, protect the innocent and bestow safety to all. The Chinese Dragon is looked upon as the ultimate symbol of Good Fortune.