Power can be shown in many different ways. Like, for example, power can be represented by muscle, royalty, money, nature, and knowledge. In the end, I decided to learn more about something that was all of those things: Dragons.
It is not exactly clear when or where the stories of dragons came to be, but some of the earliest stories of dragons were begun by Greeks and Sumerians. We assume that they must have dug up dinosaur bones and found that the only logical conclusion that they could make was that it must be dragon bones.
In Greece, "dragon" was originally used for any large serpents. In the Middle East, they believed that since the "dragons" were large and deadly, they must be a form of evil. The Egyptians carried on this belief and made the god Apepi, who was a great serpent the god of the world of darkness.
Dragons had a mix of symbolic uses, such as protection and sometimes evil. The image of dragons changed when Christianity spread around the world. They believed that dragons were truly evil and represented Satan. They created tales of righteous and godly saints battling and vanquishing Satan in dragon form.
In European culture, they are said to nest in caves and guard treasure. When they are hungry they eat cattle or sheep that wander too far from their herd. They also enjoy humans but in particular young girls.
In East Asia dragons represent more natural things. They change seasons, make clouds, control rivers, lakes, and seas, and in Vietnamese legend even made islands. In Japan, when there was a drought the Buddhist monks held ceremonies to awaken the dragon kings and persuade him to bring rain.
In the apocryphal chapters of the Bible, a dragon was being worshipped by corrupted priests and after the priests were caught a man named Daniel was allowed by the king to kill the dragon they had worshipped. Daniel killed by the dragon by baking pitch, fat, and hair to make cakes that caused the dragon to burst open upon consumption.
So we do have a modern day dragon and it is called the Komodo dragon, unfortunately, it doesn't fly or breathe fire. Komodo dragons are very powerful and dangerous creatures. They have venom and serrated teeth that could snap a man's leg in two.
In 2007 an 8-year-old boy was killed when he went behind a bush to use the bathroom, this was the first fatal Komodo Dragon attack in 33 years. When the boy's uncle came to save him he threw rocks at the Komodo dragon til it fled. When the uncle was finally able to reach the boy he had died from massive bleeding wounds on his torso. One of the reporters recalls the boy was split in two.
Ancient explorers and historians, like Josephus, told of small flying reptiles in ancient Egypt and Arabia and described their predators, the ibis, stopping their invasion into Egypt. A historian named Gaius Solinus also talked the Arabian flying serpents, and stated that “the poison is so quick that death follows before pain can be felt.”
On April 26, 1890, the Tombstone Epitaph (a local Arizona newspaper) reported that two cowboys had discovered and shot down a creature that was described as a “winged dragon” which closely resembled a pterodactyl, only larger. The Cowboys claimed its wingspan was 160 feet, and that its body was more than four feet wide and 92 feet long.