What do Norse, Greek, Egyptian, Hindu, Sumerian, Islamic, Buddhist, Babylonian, Aztec, Judeo Christian, Australian, Chinese, and Hawaiian myths all have in common?
Each of these vastly different, widespread cultures (in addition to many other cultures) has stories of dragons and a story of a world-wide flood (www.mythoreligio.com). That’s lovely, but what does a giant flood have to do with dragons, you may ask? Excellent question.
In doing my research for the past few dragon-themed articles, I kept coming back to one question—where did all the stories about man killing great, hateful beasts originate? Dragon stories populate every major culture in the world. Surely, they can’t all be symbolic stories. There’s too much evidence of early people interacting with and fearing these giant creatures (check out the past three dragon posts for more details. They’re in the archives). To quote Captain Jack Sparrow, “No survivors? Where do the stories come from then, I wonder?”
This led me to the great Flood. The most widely known and accepted flood story is found in the Bible in the book of Genesis. To recap things quickly: In the beginning, God created the world, and created man to rule over it (starting with Adam and Eve). Over time, man became evil, and God was grieved that He’d ever created them. God brought judgement to the world by way of much (MUCH!) water. Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives, were found to be righteous. God commanded Noah to build an ark (think 500-foot-long, multiple storied sea-faring vessel). At the appointed time, God sent two of every kind of animal into the ark.
Now, going further into the Biblical account, God made Adam and Eve and all land-dwelling creatures on the sixth day. Including dinosaurs…ergo, dragons (www.answersingenesis.org). So. If we can set aside that modern science has told us that dinosaurs were extinct millions of years before humans evolved to walk on land, could this be the link that brings humans and dragons together?
If dinosaurs/dragons were created with man at the very beginning, what if they were still roaming freely about during Noah’s time? And if God told Noah to take two of each kind, then it stands to reason that Noah could very well have brought on a few pairs of different kinds of dragons.
If this could have been the case, then it stands to reason that man and dragons did live together—maybe even up into the middle ages. Perhaps some of those tales of knights hunting dragons were real. There are an awful lot of them. Look at Bishop Bell’s tomb from the late 1400’s (www.creation.com). Look at the temple at Ta Prohm. The Ishtar Gate in ancient Babylon. Persian artifacts depicting dragons. Sumatran art showing warriors hunting a dinosaur-like creature. China is inundated with dragons in every walk of life. Ancient Greek pottery shows Hercules rescuing Hesoine from a dragon. North American Anasazi rock depictions show a convincing Apatosaurus-like animal (www.genesispark.com).
The point is, every major culture has stories of dragons. Stories of great floods. Most of them have stories with interactions between people and dragons. World-wide coincidence?
So where are all the dragons/dinosaurs now? Obviously, they’re extinct. Although there are still rumors of large dinosaur-like creatures roaming in the forgotten parts of the world like the Congo (www.livescience.com) Australia, and Papua New Guinea. But what if they became extinct through natural causes? Like loss of habitat. Like over hunting. Like low birth rates. Like any number of things that can and does cause extinction of species today.
Is it possible that ancient cultures simply found fossilized bones and concocted their stories from them? Maybe. It is just as likely—possibly more so—that they lived with these giant creatures of legend? You tell me.
Pop up to the top, click the grey Comments, and tell me what you think—Did dragons and people exist together?
Fossils by Gary Parker
Flood by Design by Mike Oard
Evolution: The Grand Experiment Vol. 1 by Dr. Carl Werner
Noah: Man of Destiny by Tim Chaffey & K. Marie Adams (recommended for 16 and up)
The Flood of Noah: Legends and Lore of Survival by Bodie Hodge & Laura Welch
Creative Writing Prompts
The waters rose. With a heavy heart I watched, safe inside the ark, while our village flooded. Soon it would just be the eight of us and the animals. The baby dragon roared beside me from his pen.
I readied my spear. I’d only have one shot to take down this fearsome creature!
Dragons did/did not live with man.