Myths / Mythologies / Legends
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donated by L. Savage
2000: THE YEAR OF
THE GOLDEN DRAGON
Dragon cultures exist in both the Eastern and Western world. Dragons are deeply rooted in the Chinese culture. The Chinese often consider themselves, 'the descendants of the dragon.' Chinese emperors think they are the real dragons and the sons of heaven. Thus the beds they sleep on are called the dragon beds, the throne called the dragon seat, and the emperor's ceremonial dresses called the dragon robes. Traditionally the dragons are considered as the governors of rainfalls in Chinese culture. They have the power to decide where and when to have rain. They believe the kings of the water dragons live in the dragon palaces under the oceans. It is similar to Jobs description of Leviathan in Job 41.
According to ancient texts the dragon was a creature 'with a pair of antlers like the one of a deer, a camel head, the eyes of a hare, and the neck of a serpent. Its belly looks like the one of a shen (a mythical water dragon that resembles a crocodile). Its claws look like the ones of an eagle, its paws like the ones of a tiger and its ears like the ones of a buffalo. The Chinese use the same Chinese character for Gold and Metal, and as Gold sounds more valuable, the Chinese like to call the year 2000 the 'Golden Dragon' rather than the Metal Dragon.
The dragon was able to morph from one form into another within a few instances, from fat to thin and from tall to short. It could also rise to heaven and descend to the depths of the sea. It seems to be that the dragon is a supernatural creature that can accept any type of form. The Chinese sign for the dragon appears during the Yin and Shang dynasties (from the 16th to the 11th century BC, the period of the earliest Chinese hieroglyphs), between inscriptions on bones and turtle shields. These inscriptions depicted a horned reptile, teeth, scales and sometimes paws as well. Above the sign there's often a symbol that seems to indicate that the dragon is considered to be a violent, evil, and bearer of terrible news. The dragon is sometimes called, 'the musical serpent....' What we see here is Satan manifesting himself throughout history in different 'forms.' 'And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.' (2nd Corinthians 11:14).
There were nine 'dragon sons' that were worshiped and made into idols. Supposedly they were the sons of the four 'dragon kings', Ao Shun, Ao Ch'in, Au Jun and Ao Kuang. These four are depicted as brothers. Each brother rules one of the four seas that surround the earth. As myth tells it they live in the 'Crystal Palace', which is underwater. It is here that their ministers, army and watchmen live and guard the sea. I see this literally as the enemy revealing his own identity and those that rule with him. This should give us more ammunition as we pray and bind these four 'dragon kings' or principalities.
China is also the bosom of Buddhism.
The year of the Dragon is also termed, 'Awakening of the Dragon.' Throughout the centuries scientist came up with many explanations and theories about the dragon. It's beyond any doubt that it must have been, in its earliest appearances, a reptile; a snake, alligator, or lizard. Reliquees and archeological sites dating from 5,000 to 6,000 years BC have shown that lizards, alligators and dragons were adapted in totemestic masses of honor and rituals.
According to Revelation 20:2 the dragon is the devil. 'He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the devil, and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years' It is this enemy and foe that we must reckon with in the spiritual realm and fight.
SAN JOSE CALIFORNIA
(Below is a quote from an article on this historical San Jose event.)
'Awakening from 7-Decade Sleep'
'Thanks to funding from the San Jose Redevelopment Agency and Chinese Historical and Cultural Project, San Jose's Golden Dragon, glistening the thousands of sequins and spangles, awakened on July 30, 1995, after 71 years of slumber. The San Jose Dragon's last documented appearance was in front of the Ng Shing Gung in 1924. Since then, Gung Lum, the Golden Dragon disappeared from public view.
After year's of disrepair, the original dragon head surfaced and was refurbished with the aid of Redevelopment and CHCP funding. Dave Thomas, martial arts master of East-West Kung Fu, labored for months to restore a salvaged dragon head and tail and create the Dragon's new 125-foot body, appliqued with multicolored, sequined designs.
Also called the Golden Dragon, the Dragon was also given a second name, Dragon of the Heart's Delight, which reflects the name of its home in the Santa Clara Valley known as the 'Valley of the Heart's Delight' before its newer sobriquet, 'Silicon Valley.' The name was selected from among entries in CHCP's 'Awake the Dragon Contest' that was the source of stories and paintings depicting the dream adventures of the dragon's seven-decade sleep. ('Heart's delight' or dim sum is also the term for Chinese savory treats.)
At the 1995 Chinese Summer Festival, the Golden Dragon awakened when a mixture of potent herbs was rubbed onto his eyes in the traditional eye-dotting ceremony. At that magical moment, the Dragon reared his 3-by-5-foot head in a whirl of smoke. He rose to dance again with the help of 40 dancers the strongest at his head and the fastest at his tail.' (End of quote)
All over the world these 'dragon festivals' are taking place. These rituals done by a Taoist Priest deemed, 'the awakening of the dragon' are laying the foundation to build these fatal and false religions or cults that are not only thriving in foreign lands, but now in America with as much zeal and fervency. Seducing the youth and promising illusions of grandeur. But in all reality it is only the concoction of that 'serpent of old, the devil' Weaving a web of deceit and deception, but ensnaring billions in its process.
DRAGON BOAT RACES
'The dragon boat festival is typically celebrated 'the Fifth of the Fifth' - the fifth day of the fifth month. Red is the prominent color on the boats because it is the color of the number five and symbolizes heat, summer, and fire. Dragon Boat Festival is called Duan Wu Jie in Chinese. Jie means festival. The festival is celebrated on the 5th of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. This will be a key time to pray and intercede for these 'festivals' to come to nothing and the power they are releasing to be negated.
The 2,000 year-old Dragon Boat ('Tuen Ng') it is one of Hong Kong's most revered festivals, featuring fierce dragon boats racing in a lively, vibrant spectacle. In year 2000, the festival falls on June 6 with local dragon boat races throughout the territory. The enemy know the power of a 'sacred assembly' as mentioned in the book of Joel. We need to ... understand this principle of revival as well,' Blow the trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly. Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the youth and the nursing babies.' (Joel 2:15-16). We need to have the same severity and seriousness in our assembling as the enemy has in his, understanding the power and impact we have when we do.
The Festival commemorates the death of a popular Chinese national hero Qu Yuan, who drowned himself in the Mi Lo River during the third century BC. The dragon boat racing began more than 2000 years ago when a group of fearful people believed that the boat racing would ensure prosperous and bountiful crops. Their celebrations took place on the summer solstice - the time of year typically associated with disease and death and when man felt most helpless against the powers of nature. It was imperative then that a boat capsize and at least one person drown - which was considered a special sacrifice to the gods and was, surprisingly, a sign of good luck. Another manifestation of the dragon is suicide.
The phenomenon of dragon boat racing stretches across the world from Hong Kong, Sydney, Seattle, New York, London, Cape Town and Dhaka. The Dragon Cup USA is a non-profit organization, which hosts dragon boat races on Lake Washington, in Seattle. Preceding each race a ceremony, which dates back over the centuries, is performed. This ritual associated with the races is the awakening of the dragon, where a Taoist priest prepares the boat by dotting the eyes of the dragon head in order to end its slumber. This ceremony is conducted to cleanse and 'bless' the area of the competition, the competitors, and their boats. It also gives the boats and their crew the strength of the dragon and the blessing of the goddess of the sea' Seattle...
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