Τρίτη, 16 Ιουλίου 2013

Dragons :50 Classified Dragons PART3


Scultone.
Scultone:
A sort of dragon basilisk in Sardinia, Italy. The Scultone lived in bushlands and was immortal. It was known to have the power to kill human beings with its gaze. It was said the powerful flight of the scultone had the power to open the 'Crack of Golgo' a sinkhole to be found on a natural plateau near the country church of San Pietro, in Supramonte Baunei. It is considered the deepest chasm in Europe. To get rid of the scultone, the people called on Peter the Apostle, who despatched the dragon with ease. Since the gaze of scultone had the power to kill, Peter made the dragon look into a mirror and upon seeing it's own reflection, the scultone was neutralised.



Zomok
Zomok:

The Hungarian zomok is a great dragon snake living in a swamp, which regularly kills pigs or sheep. A zomok can fly high up to catch it's prey like birds or big insects even other small dragons and on rare occasions (or if they are fully grown) will prey on creatures as big as horses.

When provoked, it will scream loudly or kill anything that comes to close to it or it's young. The can also spit seeds which inbed themselves in other organisms and take it over like a parasite.



 In a hut in an Austrian village lived a very beautiful maiden, who was vain and forever daydreaming. She spent hours and hours combing her long flowing hair by a spring, and there was nothing she loved more than to admire her beautiful reflection in the limpid water of the pool. In vain her mother and grandmother warned her, "It is dangerous to comb your hair by the spring. Be careful, because if a hair falls and ruffles the surface of the water, the spirit of the spring will bewitch you."



Cuelebre Dragon

"Old wives tales," cried the girl, "there are no spirits in the fountain." But the girl was very wrong. In the pool lived a very powerful spirit, one of those nymphs of the streams and mountains which abound in the Asturian mythology. The spirit watched angrily as the girl spent the whole day combing her hair, never helping to spin the wool or knead the dough. She had not been able to do a thing about it, as the girl did not ruffle the water of the pool, but patiently the nymph waited for her chance.
Then one day, one of the girl's golden hairs fell into the water and the nymph, dressed in a cloak of green water, rose angrily out of the pool.
"Didn't your mother warn you not to ruffle the water?" she asked, in a very quiet voice.
"A hair as beautiful as this does not ruffle the water," replied the proud maiden.
"I am going to bewitch you to punish you for your pride," the spirit said icily. Barefoot, her long golden hair adorned with pearls and a crown made from the reflection of the moon, she alighted on the grass next to the pool. Frowning, she declared, "I am turning you into a cuelebre. You will only turn back into a maiden if you meet a knight who is so brave that he is not afraid of you and has a heart so pure that he finds you beautiful.
At once the girl's body grew to an enormous size and became covered with coloured scales. her golden hair turned into crests and two wings sprouted from her shoulders. With a howl of despair, the cuelebre slunk off weeping, and hid in a cave by the sea.
As all the youths who set eyes on the cuelebre are afraid, the proud girl who was bewitched by the spirit still lives in her little cave on the sea shore, waiting for the knight who will find her beautiful, so that she can become a maiden once more.


Albanian stamp issue featuring Dragua
Dragua:
The Albanian dragon 'Dragua' as seen in Albanian mythology. The Dragua have four legs and two bat wings. They have a single horn in their head and they have big ears. They live in the forests and cannot be seen unless they want to be. A Dragua can live up to 1000 years and cannot be killed by humans. After the Ottoman invasion, the Dragua became protectors of the Albanian highlanders.