Before getting a dragon tattoo, it is important to determine what kind of dragon tells the story you want to tell. In different cultures, dragons come in different shapes with different symbolism. So, let’s take a brief look at the types of dragons and their meanings.
Types of Dragons and Their Meaning
Western or European dragons: Resembling lizards or snakes with wings, long legs and tails, European dragons represent people’s fear of snakes. Therefore they are often considered evil and mysterious monsters.
Chinese and Japanese dragons : in the form of snakes with the shape of a carp, four claws and usually without wings. Oriental dragons, especially Chinese dragons are a symbol of power or royalty. Both Chinese and Japanese believe that dragons bring good luck, wealth and protection.
Dragons of Southeast Asia: dragons first appeared in Hindu folklore in India, Indonesia, Thailand and other southeastern countries. Sometimes you will find them on Buddhist sculptures. Being half-human half-dragons, they can turn into humans at any time. It is believed that these dragons can control the weather, especially the rains.