What inspired the myth of dragons?
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It's hard to tell, since the myths of dragons predated writing in most cultures. It could be someone found dinosaur fossils, but I kind of doubt that.
Let's not forget that early humans had imaginations just like humans do today. What if one guy saw a lizard of some kind, thought it was scary looking, and thought "Wow, that would be even scarier if it was 40 feet (or cubits or whatever) tall. And if it could breathe fire, that would be totally scary!" and voila, the myth was invented?
It's not an impossible scenario. The slender man was made up out of thin air only a few years ago, and he became a viral sensation. That's the same way Frankenstein's monster, the Terminator, King Kong and Freddy Kruger were invented. Someone looked at whatever was around them, and said "wouldn't it be scary if..." and legends were born.
Likely dinosaur remains found much earlier. I believe the largest lizard in the world was also the root of some stories of dragons. It's like the Kraken being inspired by rarely sighted deep sea giant and colossal squids.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Dinosaur fossils most likely.