Myths about dragons describe it as being of great size, in form resembling a giant snake with big wings. Very often Dragon combined the features of other animals: some legends about dragons describe his many-headed, or with a dog's head, with a fiery and deadly breath, clawed like a lion, claws, spikes on the ridge, and having the ability to regenerate, like a hydra. Dragons can fly, and live several thousand years, and some of them altogether immortal.
The incredible power of the dragons and unexplained contributed extraordinary popularity of these mythical creatures in the stories. More recently, in the folklore motifs appear to curb the rivers and their overlords - Dragon-gods, heroes martial arts fighters with floods and floods.
According to the traditional view, the dragon symbolizes happiness. Droughts and floods have brought the ruin of the Chinese people, poverty, hunger. Who could help in the fight against natural disasters? Of course, the king of the dragons. If any area exposed to drought or floods, locals performed a ritual dance of the dragon, the lord of the sea begging to send down rain. Continued drought was seen as a failure of the dragon send rain. Then, before the dragon arranged Te Deum. If the field and then remain dry, then perform ceremonies "scourging dragon": in made of clay or other material of a dragon or coated lashes with a bamboo stick, demanding to send down rain.
Mythical reptiles can live underwater or in caves, underground, and dwell in the mountains. But every nation has a legend of his own, "national," the dragon. Therefore, in fairy tales and legends of different peoples of the world dragons can be good and bad, black, white, red, blue and gold, can be air and ice, stone and fire, wild and reasonable, and many-headed with one head, living for a long time or just having immortality.