Chinese Dragons (Images of Asia)

This richly illustrated volume takes the reader on a journey through the complexities of dragon lore: the evolution of the Chinese dragon, the different types of dragons and their uses, the diverse art inspired by dragons, and dragon legends and sightings.

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About Dragon Mystic

I fell in love with dragons when I read Tea With the Black Dragon, and never looked back. Not the clunky winged Medieval dragons that ate cows, the graceful Asian dragons that could fly without wings. Later I discovered the elegant Welsh dragons, red and white, as described by R.J. Stewart in his books on the historical Merlin.
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3 Responses to Chinese Dragons (Images of Asia)

  1. Camwyn "camwyn" says:

    Excellent book on Dragons For many centuries that the dragon has been the symbol of China, and has been considered as immortal and omnipresent ever since ancient times. It has belonged to the people, and it has also been the symbol of monarchy and supreme power. The dragon was a mythical beast. It was a concept. But most Chinese people, indeed most Asian people, were convinced that it existed. There are many occasions when there were claims that it had been seen, even as recently as 1920. No other creature in the world could have produced such a far-reaching influence on the mind of man.

  2. Valerie Meilong says:

    An excellent source and a labour of love This book, though short, provides a remarkably detailed survey of the Chinese dragon as represented in the art of his native land. Beginning with an overview of early dragon representations and possible sources of inspiration, Mr. Bates’ book goes to considerable effort to describe the many variant images and beliefs that may be found regarding dragons throughout China. I have a hard time finding the kind of information brought together here – dragons in architecture, dragons as represented on dragon robes, the beings and images popularly represented as sons of the dragon – anywhere other than highly specialized scholarly tomes. Finding as much as Mr. Bates has put forth in Chinese Dragons in such an accessible volume is a remarkably pleasant surprise. The twenty-four colour plates are just about worth the price of admission all by themselves. The author clearly knows and loves his subject.

  3. Anonymous says:

    An excellent book on Chinese dragons This is a fascinating book, and I concur with the other reviewers. It is erudite, authoratative, and written in an easy-to-read style. The pictures are a delight.It would make a perfect gift for anyone who has been to China or wants to go there,

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