Today I am pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for M.M. Shelley's Mishap and Mayhem! We have M.M. Shelley as a special guest post today, and a little bit later today I will have my review of Mishap and Mayhem. Please join me in welcoming M.M Shelley to the blog!
The myth of the dragon has been a long and fascinating one; it has played center stage in many stories of Fantasy.
The definition of dragon is; a mythical monster generally represented as a huge, winged reptile with crested head and enormous claws and teeth, often spouting fire.
However, not all mythical dragon have been described with having wings, some are said to have the same characteristic except they could fly without the use of wings.
What I find curious is that the dragon mythology has been hosted on every continent in one form or another.
In Peru, South America ancient pottery has been found with images of dragons.
In North America many of the Native tribes have tales of trickster serpent creatures who would cause harm to lone travelers.
Africa has the folk lore of a Dragon of the lake, the tale of a princess who was saved from a dragon.
The Vikings feared sea monsters and they even placed the image of a dragon on the front of their ships to scare the sea monsters away.
China has a very well known history with dragons, their art and ancient stories have played with the imaginations for centuries. The lore of the dragon is celebrated in Parades, such as, 'The Golden Dragon Parade,' I have a special connection with this parade because my Kung Fu instructor, Sifu Jim Muse Furtado, has been part of the Los Angeles Golden Dragon Parade for many years.
In Art, Renaissance artist, Raphael was influenced by the dragon; he created a piece of art named, 'St. George and the Dragon.'
There are incredible pieces of jewelry that pays homage to the dragon, such as earrings, rings and pendants.
Although there has never been actual evidence that dragons roamed the earth, folk tales and imagery have brought them to life.
Thanks to Moirae for letting me share with you all today. You can find me over at my blog: mmshelley.blogspot.com
M.M. Shelley is a storyteller, wordsmith and dreamer. MISHAP AND MAYHEM, a captivating story of faerie's and magic, is her debut novel. She has traveled the world extensively in search of the magic which is often overlooked in every day life. M.M. Shelley is a native of southern California, and a student of mythology from which she gets much inspiration.