I grew up along the Mississippi River in Southern Illinois. In one of the towns along the river not far from where I grew up, high on the bluffs, is a painting of a strange creature painted by the ancient Indians of the area.
When Marquette and Joliet went up the Mississippi river, Marquette noted the painting in his journals. He referred to it as a "bird like monster painted high on the bluffs." He described it as:
"Was as large as a calf with horns like a deer, red eyes, a beard
like a tiger's, a face like a man, the body covered with green, red,
and black scales and a tail so long it passed around the body, over
the head and between the legs."
The creature is called "The Piasa" (pronounced pie-a saw) by the Illini Indians. The name means: a bird that devours men.
The ancient indians painted pictures of things they actually saw. And I believe this creature at one time existed. I also believe the creature is a dragon.
When I was a child and my parents would go to the bigger towns to do their shopping, we always passed by the painting. I was 3 years old when I called it, "the dragon." I knew that once I saw the dragon on the bluffs, it was not long before I would be helping my mother pick out our supplies for the month. (I grew up on a farm and we grew most of what we ate.)
I believe in dragons, I believe they once existed and I believe my spirit guide is a beautiful purple dragon. (I have seen her)
There is no country in the world that does not have a folk lore or two about them. They are to this day seen on family crests. Even Merlin the mighty magician called upon the power of the dragon before he performed his magic.
The dragon is one of the oldest legends in the world and one described in many many ways.
What do you think?