Is the Chinese Dragon a Satanic symbol?
I'm not talking about myths, I'm saying spiritually, is the Dragon really Satanic or not?
Yuan Zhiming seems to think so, at least to some extent.
However, IMO there is more to it than that. Firstly, Yuan Zhiming also praised Laozi and Yijing in his book "China's Confession", and Laozi was described as a "dragon" by Confucius, and in the Yijing the dragon is an auspicious symbol, not an evil one. Secondly, remember even Satan used to be an angel, thus even if there were one evil dragon or some evil dragons does not necessarily mean that all dragons are evil. Thirdly, AFAIK in old Jewish cultural legends the snake or dragon is also a good creature, Satan happened to pretend to be a snake since he knows that human beings consider the snake to be a good and wise creature.
My present position is that some Dragons are evil while others are good. More specifically, Qing Long (Azure Dragon) is good (since the Azure Dragon is one of China's Four Sacred Beasts) and Hei Long (Black Dragon) is evil. For in the Huai Nan Zi it is said that the ancestral heroine Nu Wa killed a Black Dragon in order to save Central China. (杀黑龙以济冀州）
Edited by Yun, 14 October 2005 - 03:23 AM.