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Vietnamese Warriors Astride Dinosaur?

This is a Dong Son lamp from Viet Nam dated between the third century to the first century before Christ. Similar to other art pieces from Sumatra, (on previous pages) warriors ride the back of a large animal. Men are pictured riding Sumatran dinosaurs, on this piece from Viet Nam and on the Ica Stones, all in a very similar fashion as shown a number of times in this section.

Maybe by this time I'm seeing dinosaurs behind every tree, but it appears because of the bump on the head that it is a representation of a Brachiosaurus. The piece is a funtioning lamp, so I think that the mouth area may not be as acurate as the head itself. Dinosaur fossils of this type have been found in the area which is near the border of China

The photo is from the book: Art of Vietnam, by Formon. This is piece number 34 in the book.

Dinosaur Petroglyphs at Wypatki National park, Arizona

On the right, one of the curious "dinosaur" petroglyphs near Middle Mesa at the Wypatki National Park, photographed by Chris Maier after a guided two day hike to the site. This particular petroglyph is called "Puff the Magic Dragon", and appears to be a depiction of a fire breathing dinosaur. It is not possible to date petroglyphs because the rocks from which they are made contain no organic materials.

"The ages of the petroglyphs on this panel and the ones we would later see are unknown. They are believed to be at least several hundred years old, but they may be as old as a thousand years or more." Unexplained Earth

The Aberdeen Beastiary and other Ancient "Science Sources"

PARE, Ambroise. de. Les Oeuvres d'Ambroise Pare' ... Lyon: C. Prost, 1641.

(Photo is from the Aberdeen Beastiary)The existence of dragons is documented in this text by the well known surgeon Ambroise Pare (1510 - 1590). The caption on page forty-eight reads:

"Here are represented two types of dragons that kill elephants. The dragons are quite glorious, because by their finesse and malice they defeat elephants which are the strongest animals on earth . . .

They lay in wait for the elephants, and suddenly attack them, wrapping themselves around the elephants, tying the elephants' legs with their tails so they can not walk.

Then the dragons stuff their heads in the elephants' trunks, impeding their breathing. They bite the skin of the elephants which they find most tender, scratch their eyes and suck their blood, so that the elephants die.


Pliny says that there are dragons in Ethiopia that are 10 coudees long [the distance from the elbow to finger tip]. In India some have been found that are 100 coudees long, and some fly so high in the air that they capture flying birds."

An Ancient Description of a Dragon (The Aberdeen Bestiary Project)

The following description of a dragon, was translated by participants in the Aberdeen Bestiary Project. "A Bestiary is a collection of short descriptions about all sorts of animals, real and imaginary, birds and even rocks, accompanied by a moralizing explanation."

The Aberdeen Bestiary appeared in its present form in twelfth century England and is based on "The Physiologus, [which] was written in Greek, probably in Alexandria, in about the fourth century. It consisted of 48 or 49 chapters about beasts, birds and stones used as a vehicle for explaining Christian dogma."

The full-text of this bestiary, with illustrations, original transcription, modern English translation, and commentary is reproduced on the site. Includes a bibliography. From the Aberdeen University Library. – de

The Aberdeen Bestiary Project Translation of the Latin Description of a Dragon

Of the dragon

The dragon is bigger than all other snakes or all other living things on earth. For this reason, the Greeks call it dracon, from this is derived its Latin name draco.

The dragon, it is said, is often drawn forth from caves into the open air, causing the air to become turbulent.

The dragon has a crest, a small mouth, and narrow blow-holes through which it breathes and puts forth its tongue. Its strength lies not in its teeth but in its tail, and it kills with a blow rather than a bite.

It is free from poison. They say that it does not need poison to kill things, because it kills anything around which it wraps its tail.

From the dragon not even the elephant, with its huge size, is safe. For lurking on paths along which elephants are accustomed to pass, the dragon knots its tail around their legs and kills them by suffocation.

Dragons are born in Ethiopia and India, where it is hot all year round.

Chinese Dragon Fossils

Creationists have often asserted that dragon legends are based on real creatures. See for example: Russell Grigg, 'Dinosaurs and dragons: stamping on the legends', Creation magazine (Vol. 14 No.3 pp. 10-14). (source:Creation (17:4) Sept.-Nov. 1995 p. 8)

CHINESE archaeologists claim to have found fossils of reptiles which resemble the dragons of Chinese mythology.

Seven hundred fossils of the 'Guizhou dragons' were confiscated from illegal fossil traders last April. The small reptiles had long necks, long curved tails, and five long bones in their feet.

The reptiles were found around Xingyi city in Guizhou province. A researcher of ancient vertebrates from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zhao Xijin, said Guizhou was an important base for the 'dragons'.

China's Guangming Daily newspaper said these 'dragons' were not the real ancestors of dragons in Chinese mythology, they simply resembled Chinese dragons.

The Times (Malta), May 25, 1995

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