18.8.09

Slaying a dragon...

As I mentioned already, there are quite a few statues in Zagreb with brave men fighting&slaying snakes, dragons and other creatures.

When it comes to slaying a dragon, this has roots in old Slavic mythology. As much as a dragon represents "evil", it is also a life's necessity and a foreteller of something good to come. After reading stories about dragons it is easy to see parallels with the usual human behavior - from strength, viciousness, to kindness (e.g. if someone helps the dragon or its offspring).

In one of the stories, it is stated you had to kill a dragon in order to have spring and to get things growing/green again after a harsh winter.

This statue is in front of the Stone gate, the entrance to the Old town:



7 comments:

  1. Lovely photos of a beautiful city! And thanks for that bit of history/information re: dragons and dragon slayers. I didn't know that.

    Both of these pictures are very well composed; the colors are superb.

    Thanks.

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  2. Wonderful sculpture and great photo of it - particularly the top photo. Kill the dragon! Regards from EAGAN daily photo

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  3. Excellent second angle! And great description!

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  4. In some cultures are dragons, in others it is humans, in others a bird. It is interesting to see those patterns of cosmic balance myths and sacrifice in world cultures.

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  5. Thanks all!

    @ Cristobal - I remember only a bit of these stories, as I read them when I was little. There were numerous children books and I had all of them. When I took these photos I had the intention of rereading a few of them, but unfortunately, they were among the bunch of stuff we lost in war... :(

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  6. Love the 2nd shot! Great composition!

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