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A Study of Dragons, East and West
Few symbols saturate human civilization so broadly and thoroughly as those of the ubiquitous and enigmatic dragon. This compelling book examines, compares, and analyzes the appearance and symbolization of the Eastern and Western dragons and treats them as the crystallization of human cultures. It shows that Chinese dragons resemble one another but suggest different ideas i ...more
Hardcover, 237 pages
Published August 1st 1992 by Peter Lang Pub Inc
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This may be the best single scholarly book on dragons (yes, I know, you ask how many 'scholarly' books are there on an imaginary creature?) Well, there should be more like this one. It is as the title promises a look at the mythology, social meaning and psychological meaning of dragons in pretty much every culture that has ever existed and throughout history. Though the research and documentation are immense Zhao nonetheless writes in clear and straightforward language so there's never trouble f ...more