D is for Dragons, Chinese Dragons - #A to Z Challenge - Jo-Ann Carson

D is for Dragons, Chinese Dragons – #A to Z Challenge

DMy theme for the “A to Z Challenge” is World Mythology.A2Z-BADGE 2016-smaller_zpslstazvib

My alphabetically, organized posts will run concurrently with my usual posts. Hope you enjoy them.

D is for Dragons – Chinese Dragons

101892-301x308-Chinesedragonsymbol“According to legends, the Chinese dragon is able to breathe fire, summon wind and call for rain, fly into the clouds and hide at the bottom of the sea; it’s also capable of becoming as large as the sky or disguising itself by being as tiny as a pinhead.

Unlike castle-burning dragons of Western stories, Chinese Dragons are a benevolent symbol in Chinese culture. From celebrations to the Zodiac, to historical rulers, the dragon has played a large part in China’s rich history.” REFERENCE

This You Tube Clip tells the myth of the four dragons

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rus8KkCrZM&w=420&h=315]

Why Choose Chinese Dragons?

I fell in love with Chinese mythology and the IChing (The Book of Wisdom) when I took courses on Chinese literature in translation at university in Vancouver (SFU).

In my Vancouver Blues series (i.e., Black Cat Blues and Ain’t Misbehavin’ – see sidebar) I try to capture the feeling of the city. Its multi-ethnic, hipster vibe is heavily influenced by the Chinese culture. In my stories, the IChing plays a role in the plots, much like a side-character. I try to evoke a sense that there is much more to life that the eye can see.

Like benevolent dragons:)

Have a great day, my friends.



A is for Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of death who weighs your heart

B is for Brigid, the Celtic Goddess of Fire who terrifies me

C is for Cronus, Leader of the Titans, Father of the Greek Gods


The CHallenge

There are over 1850 blogs participating in the A- 2- Z event. Something for everyone. I am trying to check out as many of these great blogs as possible. You can too via this link:http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/a-z-challenge-sign-up-list-2016.html

Blogs I’m following in the Challenge (s0 far):

Alistair Lane, A Certain Point of View – Topic: Zombie Survival Tips in Haiku

Annette, Annette`s Place – Topic: Legendary Mythical Creatures

Dipanwita, Cocktails, Mocktails & LIfe Topic: Poetry

Jo , Food, Life and a Scent of Chocolate Topic: Food

John Davis Frain, John Davis Frain Topic: Six Sentence Stories

Jackie Jain , Words Dipped in Happiness Topic: Poems about Happiness

Ipsita Banerjee,  A Sliver of a Moonbeam Topic: Book Friends

Susan A Eames – Travel, Fiction and Photos Topic: Wildlife Encounters

Kala Ravi, Relax N Rave Topic: Interior Design

Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles – Topic: The ABCs of Mindfulness

Maria, Doodles & Scribbles Topic: Words and Poems





16 Replies to “D is for Dragons, Chinese Dragons – #A to Z Challenge”

  1. One more interesting subject. You are superb Jo-Ann. I must thank you to have stopped by my blog and I could come across such an amazing writer. Wonderful topic. Cheers!! 🙂

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