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A Rainbow Serpent Legend
Long ago, the Wawalag sisters were traveling across Australia. These sisters were descendants of the Djanggawul, a trio of creation deities who gave birth to many of the Earth’s creatures. They themselves carried on this tradition. The elder sister was heavily pregnant when they stopped to rest. Her younger sister built a hut to shelter her while she gave birth.
Unknown to them, the Rainbow Serpent lived in a watering hole near that hut. During birth, some of the elder sister’s blood flowed into the watering hole. The Rainbow Serpent was angry that his home had been fouled. He followed the scent of the blood and came to the Wawalags’ hut.
The Rainbow Serpent went inside and devoured both the sisters and their children! However, he also snatched up an ant that was in the tent. The frightened ant stung his stomach, causing the Rainbow Serpent to vomit everyone back up. After this, he was able to understand human speech, and he went on to teach the Wawalag Sisters some of his sacred rituals. This was the origin of Aboriginal tribes in the Arnhem area.
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Certainly, in some cases, authors create good dragons who would grieve the passing of their own or a human friend. One of the best cases is Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series.
Now, these dragons are quite a bit different from the mythical sort. They are genetically created by scientists and “impress” upon hatching with human companions. Indeed, Pernese dragons require this mental bond and cannot survive without it; there are no wild Pernese dragons. Still, the books show numerous instances where dragons mourn.
Because of the mental bond, if a dragon’s rider is killed, the dragon immediately commits suicide by going between forever. When this happens, the other dragons show grief by “keening,” an eerie wailing that echoes throughout their weyrs. They are also shown to lose color, eat less, and behave as if depressed. Most riders also commit suicide if their dragon is killed, although a few manage to survive through the torment. Dragons don’t mourn these riders, unless they were significant leaders such as queenriders.
Believe it or not, there also is mention in the Bible of dragons mourning. In the Book of Micah, Chapter 1, Verse 8, it states:
Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls.
This is a pretty definitive statement that dragons can mourn. Check back Tuesday for more on this topic.
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