By Qiguang Zhao
Few symbols saturate human civilization so extensively and punctiliously as these of the ever-present and enigmatic dragon. This compelling ebook examines, compares, and analyzes the looks and symbolization of the jap and Western dragons and treats them because the crystallization of human cultures. It indicates that chinese language dragons resemble each other yet recommend various rules in numerous contexts, whereas Western dragons have assorted appearances yet frequently denote a unmarried notion. As the most remarkable achievements of dragonology, this e-book bargains wonderful new insights into dragons as zoological «fact», mental archetypes, and ideological symbols.
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Mr. Dawkins, reviewing all the discoveries, considers that its range, at various periods, extended over the whole of Northern Europe, and as far south as Spain; over Northern Asia, and North America down to the Isthmus of Darien. Dr. Falconer believes it to have had an elastic constitution, which enabled it to adapt itself to great change of climate. Murchison, De Verneuil, and Keyserling believed that this species, as well as the woolly rhinoceros, belonged to the Tertiary fauna of Northern Asia, though not appearing until the Quaternary period in Europe.
The tailed deer or Mi-lu (Cervus Davidianus of Milne Edwardes), which Chinese literature 27 indicates as having once been of common occurrence throughout China, is now only to be found in the Imperial hunting grounds south of Peking, where it is restricted to an enclosure of fifty miles in circumference. It is believed to exist no longer in a wild state, as no trace of it has been found in any of the recent explorations of Asia. C. 676) states that this species appeared in the winter of that year, in such numbers that it was chronicled in the records of Lu (Shantung), and that in the following autumn it was followed by an inroad of “Yih,” which Mr.
Sir Charles Lyell and Professor Haughton respectively estimated the expiration of time from the commencement of the Cambrian at two hundred and forty and two hundred millions of years, basing their calculations on the rate of modification of the species of mollusca, in the one case, and on the rate of formation of rocks and their maximum thickness, in the other. This, moreover, is irrespective of the vast periods during which life must have existed, which on the development theory necessarily preceded the Cambrian, and, according to Mr.
A Study of Dragons, East and West (Asian Thought and Culture) by Qiguang Zhao