On this dragon robe, or jifu, the three elements – oceans, mountains and the heavens – symbolize the physical order and harmony of the universe. A dragon represents the power of the emperor. The five-clawed “lung dragon” suggests it was worn by a member of the imperial family or high-ranking official. Fine slit-tapestry weaving and metal-thread embroidery further emphasize the wearer’s status.

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Do you know any myths or legends about dragons?

responded: Mar 31, 2010

Posted by Janice Andreae

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The Legend of Saint George and the Dragon dates from medieval times and tells the romance tale of a knight, whose acts of bravery and self-sacrifice save a village from a dragon that is terrorizing its people. To appease the dragon, each day a maiden from the village community is offered as food but the Knight George intervenes. With a single blow of his lance, he kills the dragon and saves the maiden and her village. The events of the tale represent the heroic action of an English soldier against a fierce enemy and the triumph of good over evil in Christian terms. It is no surprise then that this legend has been retold by many, including Sir Edmund Spenser’s tales of chivalry and moral virtue in The Faerie Queene, from the 16th century English Renaissance. Saint George is the patron saint of England and the Saint of Battles. His banner shows the red cross of a martyr on a white background. Each year, April 23rd is celebrated as St. George's feast day.

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