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How Chinese esteem dragons?

In China often speak: a pier, we, Chinese are Dragon descendants. The dragon already became a symbol of the Chinese nation. The Chinese people very much admire a dragon and in the various ways will read it.

In the people the dragon is considered the leader of all terrestrial beings. The Chinese lunar calendar is divided into 24 agricultural periods. Jingzhe period - season of awakening of insects which begins on February 2. These days people say that when insects waken, it is possible to leave the house already. People call this time and a season when the dragon raises the head. From here it is visible that a dragon - the first among terrestrial beings. Appearance of a dragon also confirms it. As the Southern Sung - " appears from ancient records of a dynasty; At a dragon of a horn of a deer, the head of a camel, the devil`s eye, a neck of a snake, a stomach reminds a sink, claws eagle, paws of a tiger, ears of a bull . Present shape of a dragon approximately same. As appears from archaeological data, 6 thousand years ago in the period of yanshaosky culture of a sculpture of a dragon already had similar lines. Having given to a dragon such lines, people obviously sought to give to him the rights of the first among all terrestrial manned.

The dragon was the deity protecting people from the evil and evil spirits. On a holiday the dragon raises the head, and people, according to custom, poured in front of the house and around ashes for exile of poisonous creatures. Ashes were filled so that it reminded dragon outlines. Thus, poisonous creatures could not get into the house and premises. Such custom is one of ancient. On excavation of the ancient parking Chakhay the dragon who is laid out from stones of 19,7 meters was found. It was just in front of the main house and, clear, played a spirit role - the defender of people. In essence it is very similar to tradition to pour ashes in front of the house. And still Chinese people will read a dragon as god - the keeper. On holidays the Chinese people dance dances with dragons and lions who symbolize happiness and prosperity, represent force of reflection of the evil and bad spirits.

The dragon in China is still esteemed as god of water elements. Chinese build protecting shaft, strew ashes from the house to a well. In China the bad sign is considered to carry in the morning water from a well or in general to pump water. It, as they say, is forbidden not to prevent a dragon to raise the head. Otherwise it is possible to cause a flood or a drought. And all these customs aim to beg god of water and a rain - a dragon about good bumper-crop year.

The ceramic plate at the bottom of which the dragon with a wheaten ear in a mouth was drawn was found in excavation 4000 - y prescription. From here it is possible to see that in that far time people already esteemed a dragon as god of water and prayed to it for the sake of a rich harvest. It is the earliest archeological find confirming such custom. In many places of China there are many temples of god - a dragon in which people pray for good weather.

The Chinese people have one popular expression - to wish that children became dragons that is became clever, capable people. Already at the end of an era of Spring and Fall (8 - 5 centuries BC) in China talented people were assimilated to dragons. For example Confucius compared Lao Zi to a dragon.

At the end of the period of Warring kingdoms (5 - 3 centuries BC) people called the first Chinese emperor Qing Shihuanga draconian ancestor Chinese nation. The Chinese emperors called themselves sons of a heavenly dragon. Chinese are considered themselves as dragon descendants.

In China admire and esteem a dragon - the first among all terrestrial beings and great god of water elements.