"Here Dragons Are"
about dragons as well as about sea or river monsters or inhabitants of caves and
keepers of treasures exist on all continents. Only, if in eastern countries they
were perceived, as angels, in Europe – as the brood of the devil. People of
The Dark Ages never doubted the existence of dragons. On the globe of Lenox
1503-07, which is in assembly of the New York Public Library *, on the eastern
coast of Asia it is written: “HC SVNT DRACONES” (i.e. “hic sunt
dracones” - “here dragons are”).
believed that God destroyed all huge predators long before the creation of the
man (and it is the absolute truth), they also knew, that the Devil could not
create. Therefore they wanted to understand, where
dragons came from. Scientists
discussed this question seriously. In 1683 Eberhard Werner Happel put
forward an original theory that since dragons occupied most remote places, such
as caves, rocks or deserts, where the predatory birds are usually found,
probably, these predators brought there various animals and even small children
to eat them there. There remains of their victims leftover, and some remaining
of the sperm survived, it mixed up together and as a result of the “ferment
rotting “the dragon was born ***.
people guessed that dragons were somehow connected
with the Devil. Therefore among the dragons' winners there were often
righteous men. In England there is a story about the huge worm of the kingdom
Lambton, which lived in a well and was killed by Prince Joan after his coming
into the righteous way of life.