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Celebaelin
91509.  Wed Sep 06, 2006 4:21 pm Reply with quote

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The oldest recorded use of the dragon to symbolise Wales is from the Historia Brittonum, written around 830, but it is popularly supposed to have been the battle standard of Arthur and other ancient Celtic leaders. It is particularly associated in Welsh poetry with Cadwaladr king of Gwynedd from c.655 to 682.

Many legends are associated with the Welsh dragon. The most famous is the prophecy of Myrddin (or Merlin) of a long fight between a red dragon and a white dragon. According to the prophecy, the white dragon would at first dominate but eventually the red dragon would win, this eventual victory and recapturing of Lloegr would be, according to Welsh legend, brought about by Y Mab Darogan. This is believed to represent the conflict in the 5th and 6th centuries between the British Celts (who later became the Welsh) and the invading Saxons.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Wales

 
Dr. Know
91710.  Thu Sep 07, 2006 3:06 pm Reply with quote

small nugget of info- the dragon on the welsh flag is called dewie. i dont know if you know that already so i thought i'd say it anyway

 
djgordy
91711.  Thu Sep 07, 2006 3:08 pm Reply with quote

dr. know wrote:
small nugget of info- the dragon on the welsh flag is called dewie. i dont know if you know that already so i thought i'd say it anyway


What happened to Hewie and Lewie?

 
Dr. Know
92013.  Fri Sep 08, 2006 2:03 pm Reply with quote

its not pronounced like dooey. just how its spelled. with an "ehw" sound.

 
Caradoc
92343.  Sat Sep 09, 2006 10:12 pm Reply with quote

dr. know wrote:
small nugget of info- the dragon on the welsh flag is called dewie. i dont know if you know that already so i thought i'd say it anyway


Where do you get this from?

The Cymraig for David is Dewi, so not from that.

The Dragon on the flag is - Draig Goch = red dragon

Dewie has no meaning in Cymraig

 
samivel
92371.  Sun Sep 10, 2006 7:09 am Reply with quote

Caradoc wrote:
The Cymraig for David is Dewi



What's Dafydd, then?

 
cabs
92372.  Sun Sep 10, 2006 7:10 am Reply with quote

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What's Dafydd, then?


An uck.


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Caradoc
92373.  Sun Sep 10, 2006 7:13 am Reply with quote

samivel wrote:
Caradoc wrote:
The Cymraig for David is Dewi



What's Dafydd, then?


David as well, but it takes longer to type

 
samivel
92375.  Sun Sep 10, 2006 7:23 am Reply with quote

lol

Fair enough.

 
Dr. Know
92515.  Sun Sep 10, 2006 2:08 pm Reply with quote

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Caradoc
109656.  Mon Oct 30, 2006 11:30 pm Reply with quote

As far as I'm concerned the Dragon has always been- Draig Goch

 
Dr. Know
110700.  Wed Nov 01, 2006 2:13 pm Reply with quote

its that too

 
Celebaelin
851073.  Wed Sep 28, 2011 8:03 pm Reply with quote

Prompted by a thread that has just been started regarding an online alchemy book I had another look for that

Celebaelin wrote:
...image of mercurius which looks remarkably like a giant chicken with a mans' head and three intertwined serpent tail-type thingies with planetary objects dangling from them...

that I wrote about in this thread in one of my very first posts here (post 32802). I've found it



http://vintageprintable.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Monster-Python-Mercurius-as-three-headed-dragon..jpg (larger version)

it's German from the 1600's. Python - Mercurius as a three-headed dragon.

The myth of Apollo slaying the dragon Python is probably a syncresis resulting from the fusion of a pre-Hellenic belief regarding Delphi with the superseding Hellenic one.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Python_%28mythology%29

 
Spud McLaren
851283.  Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:27 pm Reply with quote

Are you sure that "Python" is a caption, and not the artist's signature?

Natty boots it has, by the way.

 
Sadurian Mike
851388.  Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:41 am Reply with quote

It also appears to be a fan of auto-erotic asphyxiation.

 

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