Do you ever wonder why dragons are a part of so many cultures, and why they look so different? Well the reason is that there are a lot of different types of ideas and interpretations of them from different cultures like the European, Chinese, and Egyptian. All of them had some form of large serpent that flies or lived under water, like in the case of the Chinese dragons, that were often associated with water, rain, lakes, and rivers. The Egyptians had a very different interpretation. With Apep which was terrifying great sea serpent who lay in wait in the Egyptian underworld to ambush the sun god, R.a. However, in Europe, dragons were slaughtered by saints and knights. They were feared by everyone, just like the Egyptians were afraid of Apep. Unlike the Chinese dragons who instead of being hated they are loved and worshipped. Temples and shrines have been built to honor them.
All of these dragons are very different, and all of them had very different role in each region's mythology and folklore, unlike some of the other regions that just winged it.
By Jonah Silvers
Sources: Egyptian dragons