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  • Sacerdos
    replied to Origins of Dragons - Theories and researches
    Absolutely. Very important and aptly descriptive term! I was merely pointing out that the Hydra is more of the Fatal Freshwater type, to be contrasted with Oceanic Death Snakes, Terrestrial Terror Serpents, and Fiendish Fire Flap-flaps. ...
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  • Sacerdos
    replied to Origins of Dragons - Theories and researches
    That's honestly all I know about them, but it was too fun an example not to use it XD




    Correct me if I'm mistaken, but I don't think there are any fiery drakones, seeing as I don't think there are any fiery repitle-beings for Greek mythology at all. I also wouldn't call the Hydra a ketos, though I do agree that it is in a weird category separate from drakones/dragons for sure. By name, it is no more than a water-dwelling snake; the Water Snake of Lerna the way there's a Nemean Lion and a Calydonian Boar. With its swampy habitat and associations with poison and...
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  • Sacerdos
    replied to Origins of Dragons - Theories and researches
    There's a fairly simple answer to that problem, though not a very fashionable one - what can and can't be called a dragon shouldn't extend beyond Europe. The word itself has a history, deriving from the Greek drakon via Latin draco, and I think that should lead us in our application of the term. Everything derived from that prototype is a dragon, everything that isn't, isn't. So there can't be dragons as such outside Europe; even for East Asia, indigenous terms like long, ryu, etc. are to be preferred. That automatically solves the issues in trying to bring both the water-focussed, potentially...
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  • Sacerdos
    replied to Mikaboshi
    Ah, and now we are at comicbook themes again after all - the special issue where the villains team up I'll admit my knowledge of Zoroastrianism is somewhat lacking, but I do believe that Angra Mainyu is of the scheming sort, and Yeluri definitely likes to draw those who offended by the Goddesses into their plans. I can imagine the two of them working together quite well, at least on an on again, off again basis, and I'm sure both have made some overtures to the outside enemies of the respective Pantheon - though I think they are also both too obviously chaotic and evil for any normal Pantheon...
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  • Sacerdos
    replied to Mikaboshi
    Well, there has been copious Manichaean influence in Central Asia, many Turkic peoples used to profess Manichaeism, and there are theories that it might in fact have spread far enough to even influence the Tungusic peoples in their conception of Yeluri. As for Bön, in spite of it emphasising its rather loose connection to indigenous pre-Buddhist Tibetan religion, most of its content as a fully formed religion comes from outside Tibet. There's a lot that's just straight reactions to and mirroring of Buddhism, but there are also elements that might come from Iran or Central Asia. The prophet of...
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  • Sacerdos
    replied to Mikaboshi
    I do not pretend to understand the workings of Marvel But yeah, strong good-evil dualism is rare. The belief that Kronos was freed from Tartarus to rule over Elysium instead already appears in Hesiod. The tzitzimime may be man-eating monsters, but they can heal as well. Asura can be more saintly than the Deva (certainly more saintly than Indra, not that it's hard). Odin has probably done more terrible things than all of the jötnar combined. The TDD are just terrible people, period, they just bully the Fomori because they are disabled and collect taxes. Frankly, out of our core ten, the Netjeru...
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  • Sacerdos
    replied to Mikaboshi
    Heyah. Not to be annoying, but the under that link is completely made-up/taken from Marvel Comics (no offense to you, omenseer, the internet is full of nonsense about Ama-tsu-Mikaboshi thanks to those comics, and it's easy to get the wrong idea because of that). The thing with Ama-tsu-Mikaboshi is a bit thorny, because he only shows up once in the Nihongi, one of the mytho-historical chronicles that are among the first written documents from ancient Japan, and everyone inside and outside of Japan has tried to associate him with a more prominent figure since. What I can say for sure is that darkness...
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