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Unlike their fierce Western cousins; mythical Chinese dragons have long been worshiped by the Chinese people as a symbol of protection, wisdom and good fortune. The ancient Chinese people believed that dragons could also control the environment and the weather which was very important as they relied heavily on farming and agriculture to survive.
Chinese dragons can be many colors but the most powerful are yellow like the sun. Long ago, the Chinese emperor of each dynasty or era would dress in a yellow gown to show off their own power to their people.
Dragons also have many different skills. Their most amazing talent is transforming themselves into another animal! In fact, if you look closely, you can see that Chinese dragons are actually made up of lots of animal parts which represent their different animal strengths, such as having a brave eagle’s claws and a swishy, flexible fish’s tail.
Today, a traditional dragon dance is performed during Chinese New Year celebrations and dragon carvings can be found throughout Chinese temples.
The 12 Signs of the Chinese Zodiac
The Chinese zodiac has a 12 year cycle and those born in the Chinese year of the dragon are said to be natural leaders. Do you know which year of the Chinese zodiac you were born under? Why not find out? Maybe it was the snake, horse or even the rat!
By Deborah L. Caine (Whyzz writer)