I had always thought them to be real creatures who could breathe rain or fire. I was terribly disappointed when I was explained to that they are legendary creatures. How I wished this creature with a Camel’s head, Bull’s ears, horns of a Deer, eyes of a Rabbit, body of a Snake with scales of a Carp, and claws of an Eagle on paws of a Tiger was real! So many animals, all in one! How I wished then in my next visit to the zoo I would find one of them there, caged. No, not free, that would be dangerous.
The dragons are not dragons when they hatch from eggs at least they don’t look like one. For the first 500 years of life they live like ‘water-snakes’. Then from their 500th year to 1000th birthday they survive like fish slowly transforming to scaled dragons living in the seas and oceans. The naughtier ones among them overturned the ships and terrorized the people, the friendly ones helping out the lowly humans.
From 1000th year to 1500th year the growth is fastest, probably learning all the essential skills and magic of life. In the next 500 years they gain horns of wisdom. After their 2000th year they were believed to develop wings and the scales on their body reduced.
Stunned, are you? Try sharing this story with your little children, nieces, nephews and some of you with your grand children. Do let me know how they have taken it.