Dragons: A History of Mythology and Beliefs

Written by Johann Erickson

The oldest culture inrepparttar world to utilize dragons in their mythology and beliefs, arerepparttar 135154 Chinese. For them,repparttar 135155 dragon is a divine, mythical creature that brings good fortune, prosperity and bounty. It isrepparttar 135156 symbol of emperors and imperial rule, and its legends have shaped a good portion of modern Chinese culture.

The dragon is a positive force, and represents power, excellence, and striving for goals, as well as being a benevolent force, which radiates goodwill, good luck, and blessings. Shrines to them can be found in many places in China, usually nearrepparttar 135157 sea, since Eastern dragons tended to be water creatures.

In Eastern culture,repparttar 135158 dragon representsrepparttar 135159 essential forces of Nature. While Emperors consulted them as revered advisors, they did not always follow that advice, and consequentlyrepparttar 135160 dragons’ anger would either produce storms and floods thoughrepparttar 135161 clouds they breathed out, or such things as water shortages, when they beat their tails about, and emptied lakes and rivers. A dragon’s celestial breath, known as sheng chi, bestows warmth fromrepparttar 135162 sun, wind fromrepparttar 135163 ocean, soil fromrepparttar 135164 Earth, and water from rain.

The number nine figures in many aspects of dragon worship in Chinese culture, for example,repparttar 135165 nine ways in which they are shown:
  • Onrepparttar 135166 screws of fiddles because they are said to like music
  • On top of bells and gongs, because they call out loudly
  • Onrepparttar 135167 bottom of stone statues, since dragons can support heavy weights
  • Onrepparttar 135168 top of writing tablets, because dragons are fond of literature
  • On bridges, because dragons are associated with water
  • Onrepparttar 135169 eaves of temples, because dragons guard against danger
  • On Buddha’s throne, where dragons rest
  • On prison gates, which represent trouble-making dragons
  • Onrepparttar 135170 hilt of swords, because dragons can slaughter their enemies
In Western culture,repparttar 135171 dragon developed a very different persona, which many aficionados claim is misinterpretation ofrepparttar 135172 tales in which their stories are told. Where Eastern dragons are perceived as good and benevolent, western dragons are all fire, and flinging their tails about, and biting heads off. In reality, if you read a broad range of literature from both hemispheres, you’ll find that eastern dragons sometimes took a notion to be bad characters, and inrepparttar 135173 west, there are

How Did the Comic Book Get It's Start?

Written by Dave Gieber

The origins ofrepparttar comic book are somewhat controversial and perhapsrepparttar 134980 jury is still out. So lets go back torepparttar 134981 cartoonish broadsheets ofrepparttar 134982 Middle Ages, which were parchment products, created by anonymous woodcutters. As mass circulation of these broadsheets became possible, they soon developed a market, particularly at public executions, popular events for centuries (ugh), which drew thousands of happy spectators. Many of these spectators would invest in an artist's rendering of a hanging or burning, and thus making a very lucky day forrepparttar 134983 broadsheet seller.

The broadsheet evolved into higher-level content as humor was introduced. Eventually, all types of broadsheets emerged, which were eventually bound in collections,repparttar 134984 prototype ofrepparttar 134985 modern magazine. Magazines formatted likerepparttar 134986 popular Punch, an elegant British creation, becamerepparttar 134987 primary focus of documentary accounts of news and events, fiction and humor. One can see in Punch,repparttar 134988 sophisticated evolution of a comic style, particularly in respect ofrepparttar 134989 evolution of comics in Great Britain. Still and all, from an historical standpoint,repparttar 134990 comic strip stood inrepparttar 134991 alley, waiting to be born. And then some say Great Britain's Ally Sloper's "Half Alley" wasrepparttar 134992 first comic book. This was a black and white tabloid that had panels of cartoons mixed with a sliver of news; circa 1884.

Now while all this was going on in Great Britain, this inching towardsrepparttar 134993 comic book, repparttar 134994 United States had its own brand of evolution. Instead of magazines, US newspapers tookrepparttar 134995 lead in creatingrepparttar 134996 comic book industry. Newspapers, with their first steps, took their single image gags and evolved them into multi-paneled comic strips. It was during this period that William Randolph Hearst scored a knockout withrepparttar 134997 Yellow Kid, which was actually printed in yellow ink.

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