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Re: Asian Dragons as an Art topic

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Jane Manner (njanem4)
Sun, 05 Dec 1999 16:28:19 -0500


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Carl Jung compares the archetypal aspect of eastern and western dragon
symbols in Man and His Symbols. Joseph Campbell spoke of dragons, east
and west, with Bill Moyers in the mythology book and video series done
before his death in the 80s. Sister Wendy Beckett's book The Story of
Painting compares several paintings with the theme of Saint George and
the dragon. Many of the fantasy movies of the late 70s and the 80s use
the dragon symbol. Last spring one of my students used a dragon with a
body painted like a $100 bill to illustrate the ideas she gleaned from
the PBS program called Affluenza-rampant consumerism. There are many
mythology sites on the internet and some have search options. Try to
find one that has Asian mythology. I know I've seen this, but can't
remember where. We have several books at school with symbols organized
by culture. I think one is named A World of Symbols. The Chinese
Zodiac symbols include a dragon and the sites which explain the years,
compatibility, etc. should also address the symbolic meaning of the
dragon. The Forbidden City in Bejjing has ramps with carved dragons
which were the path for the Emperor's sedan (steps on either side for
the eunichs who were carrying the sedan).

Jane

Paul & Helen wrote:...wanting to develop a unit of work on Dragons
(preferably Asian Dragons) ...suggest any resources that I could use or
if they are able to share any ideas that they have tried...Helen Stevens

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Carl Jung compares the archetypal aspect of eastern and western dragon symbols in Man and His Symbols.  Joseph Campbell spoke of dragons, east and west, with Bill Moyers in the mythology  book and video series done before his death in the 80s.  Sister Wendy Beckett's book The Story of Painting compares several paintings with the theme of Saint George and the dragon.  Many of the fantasy movies of the late 70s and the 80s use the dragon symbol.  Last spring one of my students used a dragon with a body painted like a  $100 bill to illustrate the ideas she gleaned from the PBS program called Affluenza-rampant consumerism.  There are many mythology sites on the internet and some have search options.  Try to find one that has Asian mythology.  I know I've seen this, but can't remember where.  We have several books at school with symbols organized by culture.  I think one is named A World of Symbols.  The Chinese Zodiac symbols include a dragon and the sites which explain the years, compatibility, etc. should also address the symbolic meaning of the dragon.  The Forbidden City in Bejjing has ramps with carved dragons which were the path for the Emperor's sedan (steps on either side for the eunichs who were carrying the sedan).

Jane

Paul & Helen wrote:...wanting to develop a unit of work on Dragons (preferably Asian Dragons) ...suggest any resources that I could use or if they are able to share any ideas that they have tried...Helen Stevens

 
 

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