Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Barking at a Dragon

Dog and West Asian/Central Asian sea dragon
Detail from Dragons of the Oil Sea.

Research sources used for the dragon:
  • Ahmed Al Rawi's "The Religious connotation of the Islamic dragon":
    ..the dragon is usually perceived as having two different forms: ... a huge snake and/or (lind)worm, while in the traditions of the Mediterranean area and of Asia Minor it is a combination of a crocodile and a predatory bird. This corresponds to the other popular descriptions of the dragon in Arabic sources...
  • Artistic representations from 14th century Syria and 15th century Afghanistan.