>Date: Mon, 6 Dec 1993 16:06:38 GMT
>From: Paul Stevens <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Re: Beltaine & The Dragon?
>#One angle I am approaching is The Dragon as connective consciousness
>#of nature. Question: Why were "goodly" knights so concerned with
>#slaying dragons? Why were the Bretons/Cymry so adamant in maintain-
>#ing a dragon on their standard? I'm still mulling thoughts along
>#these lines and encourage any input.
>---> Could it be that the dragon symbol came to be associated
>with pagan practices ? The knight, sworn by Christian vows, would
>then be seen almost as a 'defender of the faith', slaying the
>dragon. Brittany and Cymry were both last bastions of
>preChristian observances, so this could be linked.
Both ideas fit in with what I've read on dragon-theory. A couple of days ago I
sent out a short biblio on this topic, and in Tally's dissertation the dragon is
read as a symbol of chaos, and its slaying the establishment of order. Read
"order" as civilization, or better as the most recent dominant civilization, and
there you have the Christion religion brandishing its dragon-slaying emblems as
representation-art (Repraesentationskunst in German, what do you call it in
English?), in any case, bolstering the psychological hegemony of the Christian
church with its accompanying secular rulers. And of course, in this scheme, the
native religion, say Celtic practices, are the dragon, Chaos, barbarism, the
Other. The dragon is used similarly in other religions (I'm thinking of
Germanic creation myth), it seems likely to function the same way for
Christianity. Or not?
Alan Ng Fax:(608)255-0650
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