Dragon SVG (Greek δράκων) – a collective name that combines a number of mythological and fantastic creatures. The Dragon SVG is connected with Christian cult of Sacred George and has received wide circulation in the European religious art. Traditions of East Asia also contain many dragon-shaped characters, such as Japanese ryu (竜), Chinese moon (龍), Vietnamese long (龍), Korean yon (용), etc.
In the 20th and 21st centuries, interest in the dragon has increased and continues to increase. According to V. N. Demin, “there is a dragon boom”, fantastic genres of any form – paintings, books, cinema, websites and computer games have a huge number of fans. The dragon has found wide circulation in fantasy, and also is used in feng shui and astrology (year of the dragon).
Mythological Dragon SVG
The mythological dragon symbolizes the test you have to pass to get the treasure. It is associated with immortality, which can be obtained by invading the body of the monster (both from the outside and from within, for example, by swallowing a dragon). The battle with the dragon is an initiation mystery with the symbolism of temporary death and rebirth. Many serpentinite stories have at their core the subject of initiation with the inversion of the relationship initiated by the serpent – the serpent-shaped cartridge initiation.
Sleep (monster, hero or woman) and blood (dragon’s or woman’s vaginal blood) also matter. Sleep has a different nature: a bogatyr’s dream, which is necessary to restore strength; an analogue of death; the passivity of the monster to defeat it; and the passive state from which something emerges asleep. The theme of sleep and awakening is also expressed in the Kundalini snake, but here the relationship is inverted active-passive, wake-up-dream: the vishap sleeps already stretched out, while the Kundalini wakes up from sleep to stretch up; the Tsar-girl sleeps, available for the hero’s coitus with her, while the shakti herself, waking up, rushes to a blissful merger.
Vaginal blood (postpartum, menstrual) attracts the snake. This is expressed in the myth of Arnhem-Lenda about the Babylak sisters and in the myths where the snake demands or steals virgins (looking for a bride). The requirement of virginity of the bride has a direct bearing on vaginal blood and death: the bride must be “murdered” as a stranger and reborn as her own, and the sign of this is the blood after the first wedding night. The serpent represents a phallic symbol, and the entanglement around the virgin bears a coital meaning. At the same time, thanks to this blood in draconian subjects the female image intersects with the image of the dragon. Killing a snake means “killing” the bride of the hero. The bride has a snake essence, the features of a pest, often in the myths of victory over the dragon is replaced by a coitus with a girl (often also chthonic nature, such as the Tsar Maiden, Sleepy Bogatyrka) or implies it later.
In addition to the phallic symbolism of the stretched snake is a tree symbolism, which is often intertwined in the plot of snake fighting, if it is built into the general myth. Dragon snake is depicted wrapped around the tree, or located at the roots of the world tree, or in its branches, or carries its attributes (the image of a feathery snake on the tree, which combines a bird and a snake, marking the top and bottom of the world tree).
The floor of a dragon in myths has its own peculiarities. As a male it is obvious in myths with the theme of locking the waters and taking the girls. As a woman, it is evident in the myths about the birth of the dragon of the world. In many myths, the sex is less defined; the dragon represents the masculinity, but also has features of female nature (androgyn).
The dragon binds to water, a reservoir. It both takes (locks) water and brings its excess (floods, showers).
Transformation of the image shows how the ratio of man-dragon changes in the examples of mystical rebirth: first, a man inside the snake, then he outside, and finally, the snake is placed inside the man.
The motive of snake fighting is also the essence of the theory of “basic myth”.