Many stories about dragons say they can fly. Some legends say they breathe fire. These legends show dragons as dangerous creatures. But not all cultures see dragons as evil. In stories from Eastern countries, dragons often help people and bring good luck.
There are five dragon kings in Chinese legends. They control the weather. Four of the kings are associated with the cardinal directions. One king sits in the north, south, east, and west direction. Each of these dragons controls an ocean. The fifth king sits in the center. He acts as chief of the four other kings.
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Are you more familiar with Eastern dragons or Western dragons?
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Why do you think there are different descriptions of dragons? What do these descriptions say about each culture’s values?
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