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Bearing The Image Of The Dragon

Mar 27, 2008
Chinese dragon tattoo designs are some of the most popular patterns as is easy to see by just visiting your local tattoo parlor. What is fascinating, however, is that with some digging we learn that these beautiful dragon designs that we see so often on tats actually are ancient symbols that come to us from the archives of Chinese culture.

To us in western cultures, we see dragons as what King Arthur and his knights fought and there are lots of popular dragons like Puff the Magic Dragon that are happy and silly creatures from childhood stories. Dragons have a much more serious and mystical role to play in Chinese culture, however, and we can learn a lot about the rich cultural interpretations of dragons and about how dragons have been regarded as figures of authority in the many traditions of the Chinese people's long history.

While we in western cultures like to think we do not have a lot of mythological icons in our history, we really do. And we are the kind of people that love to observe the reverence and take part in the joy that ancient cultures such as exist in China have for a figure like the dragon. That is one great reason to think about getting a Chinese dragon tattoo. It comes with a lot of history and lore that make for great stories when people get curious about your tattoo.

In Chinese culture, dragons are not evil or dangerous like we think of them from our fairly tales. They are often protectors of the weak and they guard the family and fight off evil spiritual forces like angels do on our lore. In Chinese historical lore, the first emperor China, Huang Di turned into a dragon when he died and ascended into heaven in that form. So the dragon is a mystical and religious figure that is revered and loved by the people of China in many beautiful ways.

When you start shopping for a Chinese dragon tattoo, you are going to find a lot of different dragons to pick from. Within the culture of china, different dragons have different jobs. Fro example, horned dragons are symbols of great power. There is a dragon from heaven whose job it to protect you and your family but then there is a spiritual dragon who controls rain and other aspects of weather. The yellow dragon is a wonderful symbol of wisdom and learning and there are many more in Chinese culture to embody other great values we like to glorify in tattoos. So just about any ethic or moral from peace to love to diversity can probably be illustrated with a beautiful Chinese dragon tattoo.

In many cultures, powerful mythical creatures like the Chinese dragon have influence over weather events and freak occurrences in nature. It seems that the Chinese dragon in particular has a strong connection with different aspects of water. So within the context of Chinese culture, the dragon has a lot of control over the seas and rivers and even over waterfalls. Water spouts are often said to represent the surge of the great dragon from his lair. What a wonderful and exciting tattoo image that would make.

You can see that you will have no trouble getting conversations going about your Chinese dragon tattoo and you will get plenty of compliments on your tat because these patterns are so often elegant, classy and beautiful. When you browse the tattoo parlors, you will notice that there are dozens of Chinese dragon patterns in every imaginable situation and position. So you could chose a benevolent dragon enjoying a festival with the people, an angry dragon snarling at an enemy, a playful dragon crouched and ready or a sleeping dragon blessing us with his peace. Whatever design you pick, the chances are it will be a tat that has a special personality of its own and not one you will see duplicated very often if ever.

These tattoo patterns are of such beauty and artistry that when you get a Chinese dragon tat, you may want to put it in a place on your body where it will get plenty of attention such as your back, chest, shoulder or arm. For men, powerful Chinese dragons in active combat communicate strength and manhood. For ladies though, there are wonderful Chinese dragon designs that are so artistic, they make great fashion statements. The huge variety of designs available combined with the rich colors Chinese dragons traditionally display make a dragon tattoo easy to include with your clothing and jewelry selections for your next night out on the town. Because the dragon tattoo is admired both for its loveliness and for the lore that goes with it, it's easy to see how it has become one of the most popular tattoo patterns that people select.
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This is one of the best tattoo's you can get. If you need some more tips then this is another great article on the Chinese dragon tattoo.
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