When I was putting together my first dragon post I was struck by the fact that dragons were such a world-wide phenomenon that it made me wonder whether there might be some basis in reality for such a beast.
Several friends weighed in with similar thoughts, and one added a shot of a three-headed dragon with distinctive European characteristics to the mix.
This had me rummaging through my old photos (and Google) in search of multi-headed dragons.
Multi-headed Sea Serpents/Dragons (Nagas)
An immense, multi-headed water dragon/serpent called a Naga is prevalent in Asia. The word Naga originates in India, referring to a group of serpent deities in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. They can have the heads of snakes, dragons or even people. (The Greek also have a multi-headed serpent called a Hydra.)
This two decorated barges featuring Nagas are from Phnom Pehn’s water festival in Cambodia.
This Naga, looking very cobra-like, was in a park in Nong Kai in north-east Thailand. Apparently Nagas can be seen swimming down this portion of the Mekong river at certain times of the year, breathing ‘Naga fireballs’.
This Naga, looking very dragon-like, is from Luang Prabang in Laos.Of course, in the process of searching for dragons I found a lot of dragons that I missed – especially among my Asian photos where it appears I still have a ton of editing to do. Here are a few…
Some golden Thai royal barge dragons.
A red dragon in a Singapore temple.
Some Malaysian dragons include this couple facing off on the roof line of a temple in Penang, Malaysia…
and this statue of a dragon protecting a goddess in Pankor.
Then there were the local dragons that hang around Vancouver…
Wikipedia on dragons: List of dragons in mythology and folklore.
This page lists more world-wide dragons: https://goldendragonawards.wordpress.com/why-the-dragon/