Wednesday, 26. March 2008
|Dragons are mythical creatures that appear in many different cultures and time periods. Dragons have been described as monsters, serpents, reptiles, or beasts. However, there is something magical about dragons that have kept our intrigue over many centuries.|
Dragons are usually thought to have wings and breath fire. They also are said to have scales and claws. Some also have horns. Almost always they are said to be venomous. Some dragons may have two or more heads. They may also have more than one tail. They may have two, four or even more legs; however, most are known to have four legs. Dragons are said to eat things such as rats, birds, snakes, bats, or even humans, especially children.
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Dragons have long enchanted us through stories, artwork, and legend. Find out more about these fantastic creatures of mythology and infamy. This site contains a number of articles on dragon information, a community forum, and a gallery of dragon pictures.
Dragons are very intelligent creatures. They live in remote areas, far away from humans, in places that are dark, damp and secluded, such as caves.Dragons were first thought of as creatures who lived in water. Later they became associated with fire. Sea serpents may have been the first dragons, and may be the reason for this association.
Almost all dragon stories portray the dragon as the villain from whom the hero must protect the city or the princess. But some dragons can take on the form of the protector. The biggest differences in dragons usually come from different cultures, especially the cultures of the East and the West. Each culture seems to have their own idea about dragons.
by Kevin Owens.
Nature’s Word | Musings on Sacred Geometry
|Since ancient times, various cultures across the globe have closely observed the ways in which nature uses number and proportion in the material forms which She creates. What those cultures have discovered is that nature uses a certain and exact set of numbers and proportions over and over. To ancient people it was clear that this set of numbers and proportions must have significance - possess a divine importance - and indeed who can deny that it seems to be a little bit more than just a coincidence that Mother Nature creates seemingly endless forms, all of which are based on a few fairly simple number relations?|
The architecture of sacred buildings may have been the first human application of reflecting sacred geometry in its own creations. Perhaps the most familiar of these sacred buildings are the Egyptian pyramids at Giza. But by no means are these the only buildings whose proportions are based in sacred geometry. Temples across the globe have been constructed to conform with the laws of proportion which Mother Nature herself has laid down, including the Mayan temples and pyramids of Central America, the Buddhist temples of Cambodia, the Greek and Roman temples of the Mediterranean, and especially so the Gothic cathedrals of Roman Catholicism. All of these cultures, and others not mentioned, believed that if a building was to take on a sacred significance, it must fall in line with the natural proportions of sacred geometry. By doing so, it was felt that the buildings would become, in effect, an extension of the earth itself, and at the same time become representative of the entire cosmos.
Nature's Word | Musings on Sacred Geometry by Aidrian O'Connor.
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