QUESTION: The Chinese dragon is considered to be a symbol of prosperity and good luck. What is the general perception of the European dragon?
The American Treasure Tour collection is, as anyone who's been here knows, quite eclectic. There is so much to see all around you that it is not uncommon for visitors to forget to look above them. One of the more colorful things displayed above the Toy Box tram tour route is a Chinese Dragon, located over our historic truck display near the Wurlitzer model 175 band organ. The colorful dragon stretches over fifteen feet long, designed for four or five people to conceal themselves inside.
The first recorded discovery of a dragon in China dates to approximately 5,000 BC, over two thousand years before the Great Pyramids were built in Egypt. The Chinese dragon incorporates elements of numerous animals - the antlers of a deer, head of a crocodile, demon's eyes, neck of a snake, viscera of a tortoise, claws of a hawk, palms of a tiger and the ears of a cow. Notably, the dragon's ears are useless as it hears through its horns. The body of a dragon consists of 117 scales, eighty-one of them of yang essence (that's a good thing), and thirty-six yin (not so good). Chinese dragons are perceived as benevolent, wise and just, and their power to control the sea and weather is generally used for good, but can create destruction as well. That's why villages located along rivers and the sea often had temples built to try to placate dragons and prevent flooding. The Dragon Dance is performed by skilled acrobats who evoke life in the artistic and colorful pieces. They are prominent in the celebrations of Chinese New Year, as well as festivals intent to ensure a good harvest or amenable weather.
ANSWER: A) Power