>>568799 Early storytelling serves as a historiography (primary focus of myth) and pedagogy (primary focus of folklore) in the absence of scientific investigation. The reference point for all people is the world around us and in both myth and folklore elements of the world (trees, stars, humans, snakes, the elements, etc.) are stretched and squashed, mixed and dissected, to create fictions that are outrageous but help to carry some point across exactly because they're outrageous. The dragon, as such, is an exaggerated reptile, and because of the characteristics of reptiles (poisonous, skin shedding, scaled, can regrow limbs, etc.) the dragon is both dangerous and mystical, and can serve many purposes, whether it's cosmogony (as with the Jörmungandr or Leviathan) or moralistic (St. George's dragon) or simply heroic (Smaug or Vritra).
I think this is partly because people use the term 'dragon' loosely. An Aztec feathered serpent, the Egyptian monster Apep, and Chinese river dragons are very different creatures, but people just lump all scaly long creatures together.
>>568858 well technically she is a primordial goddess of chaos and primordial creation and is depicted as a woman, but after she creates a bunch of kids with her other Aspu they kill him and start to wage war on her so she transformes into a sea dragon. and like >>568852 said "dragons are very different creatures, but people just lump all scaly long creatures together."
>>568799 >be me, mystic Göbekli pepe >everyone listens to me because i made the association with eating shit and getting sick >get free food, sacrifice 3 or 4 virgins a week >fuckingsweet.gif >only thing i cant do is fuck king chad's wife >every morning i go up the mountain and make cumsies about her >everyone thinks I'm communing with gods >see egg >boil it for energy for cumsies making >shade flys over me >ohshit.hieroglyph >pygmy cormorant aggressive AF because i'm boiling his babies for evening cumsies >get fucking rekt, eventually stamp it to death >missing an eye, bleeding everywhere, fell in the boiling water so scolded too >go back down mountain, everyone asking what happened
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