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Published by the Canada Tibet Committee

Sunday, August 7, 2005

6. Dragons in the Tibet Sky

The Epoch Times
Aug 07, 2005

A photo of two peculiar dragon shaped objects taken from a plane flying over
Tibet's Himalaya mountains, aroused strong interests when displayed on a
Chinese website. The person who provided the photos is an amateur
photographer who loves taking photos. On June 22, 2004, he went to Tibet's
Amdo region to attend the Qinghai-to-Xizang Railroad laying ceremony, and
then took a plane from Lhasa to fly back inland. When flying over the
Himalaya's, he accidentally caught these two "dragons" in a picture that he
took. He called these two objects "the Tibet dragons".

Looking at the photo, these two objects appear to have the characteristics
of the crawling creatures: the body seemed to be covered by scales, the back
had spine like protuberances, and also had a gradually thinning rear part.
Although the photo caught only a part of it, it was sufficient to picture it
as two gigantic dragons flying in the clouds.

This photo, shown in some websites such as and forums,
aroused website visitor's curiosity. Some people commented that, "No wonder
that China is the homeland of the dragon! Nature is truly mysterious and
powerful, it can always produce spectacular sights beyond people's
expectations.""Is it really true? Is it possible there is an ancient
civilization that we don't know about that is preserved in places that are
sparsely populated?"" It really looks like the dragons in fables, and I
really hope it is." Certainly, most website people hoped someone could
confirm the authenticity of the dragons in the photo.

In Chinese fairy tales, the dragon is a kind of rare heavenly creature.
Fables say that it can conceal or reveal itself . It ascends to heaven in
the spring breeze and dives and hides in deep water in the autumn wind. It
can promote clouds and bring about rain. It also became the symbol of
imperial authority later on; all emperors of previous dynasties
self-designated as dragons, utensils were also decorated with dragons.

Culturally, the dragon is the Chinese ancestors' totem. Nearly all races in
China had fables and stories with dragons as the main subject, such as
dragon boat races, the dragon lantern dance to celebrate holidays,
sacrificial offerings to the dragons to implore timely wind and rain for
good crops.

Whether this kind of creature really exists, is still an unsolved riddle. In
the previous dynasties in China, there had been many documents recording
eyewitness accounts of the magical dragon. The most amazing events are the
various "falling dragons", that is dragons suddenly fell to the ground in
peculiar circumstances, and were witnessed by many. A more recent tale
occurred in the puppet Manchuria regime in August, 1944. A black dragon fell
to the ground of the Chen Family's Weizi Village (about 9.4 miles northwest
of Zhaoyuan County), located on the south shore of the Mudan River (the old
name of a section of Songhua River) in Heilongjiang province. The black
dragon was on the verge of death. The eyewitness said that this creature had
a horn on the head, had scales covering the body, and had a strong fishy
smell that attracted numerous flies.

The records from previous dynasties also mentioned the connection between
the emergence of this kind of mysterious creature, "dragon", and the
transition of the dynasties on earth. The appearance of Tibet's magical
dragon invites our curiosity and imagination.

Articles in this Issue:
  1. Feeling the long arm of China The consul-general is making sure politicians know where her country stands
  2. Tibetans celebrate Shoton Festival
  3. China and India bury hatchet
  5. A reader fails to find jewels in the heart of the lotus
  6. Dragons in the Tibet Sky
  7. Conflicted Arab-American prays for peace

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