Dragons feature in the myths and rituals of many peoples and are often mentioned in European folk tales. They are there at feasts and in initiation rites and they play a part in great festivals celebrating the feats of gods – in Greece, India, among the Hittites, among the Celts and others – especially at the winter solstice.
Suppressed by the Church in the High Middle Ages, when they were equated with the Devil, dragons are above all a survival of former religions.
In this book, the author asks where dragons come from. Are they Chinese? Near Eastern? Indo-European? What meanings are ascribed to them and what do they represent?
Here we discover the richness and diversity of myths concerning this fabulous creature.
As well as having a PhD in ancient history and archaeology, Bernard Sergent is a researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). Since 1992 he has been President of the Society of French Mythology. He has written many books and collaborated to numerous journals.
He is a recognized specialist in comparative Indo-European studies.
Key Sales Points
– Dragons feature in the myths and rituals of many peoples.
– An in-depth historical study that is nevertheless accessible to all.
– Written by a specialist in ancient history.