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    Default Where do dragons come from?

    So.... did someone find some dinosaur bones and let their imagination go wild?

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    Weren't Western dragons originally large snakes? That's what "drakon" means in Greek, at least. Chinese dragons are also essentially snakes.

    I don't think most dinosaur bones are in a condition most people could recognize they're bones, rather than a large rock. There have traditionally been stories of snakes or eels in every culture where those animals are about, AFAIK, so I'd guess they evolved from these stories. Why stories about snakes are so common is another (interesting) question.

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    The myth of a powerful god/hero defeating a dragon is older than time. Proto-Indo-european legends of a thunder god defeating a serpent.





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    jordan peterson said it was combination of animals that were dangerous to humans and proto humans, like lions, snakes and eagles. there was a big cat with a tooth that lodges at the back of a human baby that went extinct.
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    I think most mythological creatures were based on real shit from history, just widely exaggerated:

    https://www.answerseveryday.com/wher...ons-come-from/

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    I think the legends come from fossils and dinosaur bones.

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