Showing posts with label Japanese Dragon Ryu. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Japanese Dragon Ryu. Show all posts

Friday, August 8, 2014

Japanese Dragon Ryu

Japanese Dragon Ryu-
In this post I will be covering the Japaneses Dragons and how they are similar in ways to that 
Japanese Dragon Ryu 
of the Chinese Dragons, but are more serpentine in shape plus they have only the three 
claws on each foot rather that the 4 to 5 claw foot. These Dragons are said to fly less frequently but I will 
read-up on that to see if that is true for all the Japanese dragons. I did discover that the reason the Japanese
Dragons only have the three toes/claws is because of the Japanese believe Eastern dragon originated in their  
native homeland. The people of Japan believed that, when the dragons began to leave the homeland,
they gained toes. The further the dragons went from their home Japan, the more toes they gained. Which 
would explained why the Chinese and Korean Dragons have more toes. And that is another tale to be told another day. The Mythological history of the Asian dragon traces back its roots back to India before the 
birth of historical Buddhism in the year 500BC, and has its foundation in a belief in Naga, meaning human- like creatures who wore crowns or serpents on their heads. How the Ryu Dragon however, was said to be 
imported into japan from china together with Buddha around the mid-6 century AD. Most Japanese Zen 
temples have the Ryu Dragon painted on their ceilings or their assembly halls since it the Ryu Dragon is a 
protector of the Buddhist law. The Japanese Ryu Dragon is a creature of harboring - many different aspects 
coming together as one within the imagery of the Irezumi. The Ryu dragons are associated with the Japanese Buddhism, but the dragon is also able to control storms and rains, and this ability makes the Ryu dragon a symbol of fertility as well, since there can be no good rice harvest without the proper amount of rain. 
The Ryu Dragon also has the ability to shape-shift as well and is well known when one delves deeper into the 
Japanese Dragon Ryu
mythology surrounding. The Ryu is quite handy with his magical proprieties too. It is also said that the Ryu Dragon had associated with many of Buddhas thru the ancient times and with well known historical figures in
the Japanese Culture... One of these famous Cultures is called ' Dragon rising to the heavens'. Basically the story or tale goes Ryu sho ten ' A dragon rises out of smoke near Mt. Fuji, ascending toward the sky.'
  I have also found that the Japanese dragons are diverse legendary creatures in the Japanese mythology and folklore. Some of these myths were that of the amalgamate native legends with imported stories about dragons from china, korea and india. Like these other Asian dragons , most Japanese dragons are water deities  that are associated with rainfall and large bodies of water and are typically depicted as large, wingless, serpentine creatures with clawed feet. 
 It is said the most famous of all the Japanese dragons is the Tatsu or Ryu which is a descendant of a primitive three -toed variety of Chinese dragon. This Japanese dragons are traditionally associated more with the sea than the rain. This is because Japan is less vulnerable to drought-related disasters as compared to China. Therefore they didn't feel the same need to pray to rain - releasing dragons.
Japanese Dragon Ryu 
I also found out that the Ryu Dragon was 
originated from Buddhist religion and is one of the four divine beasts from Japanese mythology. The other three beings were the Phoenix, Turtle and the Kirin. If you didn't know the Kirin was its the Japanese Unicorn - and If you are interested in learning more about this amazing creature I have actually written a post on this beautiful Creature... Just have a look on my labels under Japanese Kirin.. Anyway back to the post. It seems that that these for divine Creatures of Japan are frequently the emblem of the Emperor of the ancient Japanese times.  The Dragon Ryu is said to Rule the water of Japan. And there is tale about the dragon Ryu or Ryu-jin,  the most well known dragon in Japanese legend. It kinda goes like this; the Ryu Dragon is summons a storm by howls and then transforms into a huge tornado. I found that the Ryu Dragon is very popular in japan because it is an bringer of fortune and wealth and can be used as a good luck charm if one chooses to do so. I found that many people now in modern times have used the Ryu Dragon as a good luck, 
fortune and wealth in the form as tattoo's.
DRAGIN KINGS- were the Ryu Dragons of Japan... These dragon deities were teachers of Buddha and the propagating his teaching. They would honor the Buddha texts, as they lived in the water and had the 
power to control the rain. I found is some of the stories of the Ryu dragon they would demand the Buddhist 
treasures, especially the relics in exchange for quelling thunderstorms. In their kingdoms beneath the sea they guard treasures, such as jewels, and the Buddhist texts. When an termed is up for an Dragon Kings Ryu, they may appear independently in paintings or they many be shown in groups or as attendants to the Buddhist deities.The link below will show you even more on the legends & Mythology of the Japanese Dragons. I hope that you all Enjoyed the Ryu Dragon of Japan..




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