The Dragon of Crystal Mountain

Dragon of crystal mountain

The Crystal Mountain (28 26’E & 27 39’N) lies between the oasis Bahariya & Farafra, north of the White  Desert in Egypt. The crystals that are found all over, mainly consist of calcite and barite. Calcite is a mineral that is largely composed of calcium carbonate (calcium & carbon) and barite often replaces other minerals, and may even replace organic matter such as wood, shells and fossils. This area also has a coal seam which has turned to anthracite. All this is very curious if you consider that somewhere in the middle of all these crystals there lies what looks like a dragon turned to stone, almost resembling Falkor the Luck Dragon.

The King James Bible mentions dragons 35 different times, with 22 in the Old Testament and 13 in the New Testament. For example, Micah 1:8 reads, “I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls.”  Dragons are deeply entwined in our history, not just merely a figment of our imagination in folklore and myth.

Herodotus noted these observations in the 5th century:

There is a place in Arabia, situated very near the city of Buto, to which I went. Hearing of some winged serpents when I arrived, there I saw bones and spines of such serpents in such quantities as it would be impossible to describe. The form of the serpent is like that of the water-snake, but he has wings without feathers, and as like as possible to the wings of the bat.

Herodotus, in speaking of Egypt, writes about the Ibis, a bird held in high esteem there. The reason they are revered is because of its habit of killing particularly nasty snakes, and not just regular snakes but flying snakes. According to him these snakes came flying into Egypt every year from the East (Arabian Peninsula or Sinai wilderness). Aristotle wrote: “The eagle and the dragon are enemies, for the eagle feeds on serpents and the Glanis in shallow water is often destroyed by the dragon serpent.”

In 330 B.C., after Alexander the Great invaded India, he brought back reports of seeing a great hissing dragon living in a cave, which people were worshipping as a god. One of his lieutenants, named Onesicritus, stated that the Indian king Abisarus kept serpents that were 120 and 210 feet long. When Alexander went to parts of India he found a serpent which lived in a cavern and was regarded as sacred by the Indians who paid it great reverence, they went to all lengths imploring Alexander to permit nobody to attack the serpent and he granted their wish. Its eyes are said to have been the size of a large round Macedonian shield. Even Greek rulers were said to have brought dragons back from Ethiopia.

Morvidus was king of the Britons from 342 to 336 B.C., it was said that he was killed by a dragon or monster that appeared from the Irish Sea. It had began devouring inhabitants on the shores and in an attempt to stop this, he met the beast in single combat and used every weapon against her, but in the end he was defeated and devoured.

Chinese history is full of dragons. Ancient books even tell of a family that kept dragons and raised their offspring. It is said that in those days Chinese kings used dragons for pulling royal chariots on special occasions, a fact of which famous explorer Marco Polo himself attested to. In 1611 B.C., the Emperor of China appointed the first Royal Dragon Feeder, which remained an honored post for many years afterward. According to Buddhist records, the practice of feeding dragons was common throughout the Orient. There was a dragon chapel on the river where a copper vessel was kept filled with cream to feed the dragons, and as late as the Sung Dynasty (960-1279 A.D.) the saliva of the purple dragon was said to be used to inscribe the names of the most honored ministers and their stories on tablets of jade, gold and crystal.

Marco Polo was in China at this time and reported seeing them. To have a ready supply, the purple dragons were raised in the palace compound and is recorded that the dragon’s favorite food was roasted sparrows. When its saliva was needed, roasted sparrows were waved under its nose and the drool was collected.

The Chinese used dragons for medicinal purposes from ancient times until as late as the 16th century A.D., as seen in a prescription by Pan Ts’ai Kang Mu. Many of the treatments used bone remains and soft tissue, which required freshly killed dragon parts. Ground spine was used to cure gallstones, infantile fever, paralysis of the legs and ailments of pregnant women. Teeth were used in the treatment of headaches and madness. Brain and liver were used against dysentery. Marco Polo wrote:

Leaving the city of Yachi, and traveling ten days in a westerly direction, you reach the province of Karazan, which is also the name of the chief. Here are seen huge serpents, ten paces in length and ten spans girth of the body. At the fore part, near the head they have two short legs, having three claws with eyes larger than a forepenny loaf and very glaring. The jaws are wide enough to swallow a man, the teeth are large and sharp and their whole appearance is so formidable that neither man nor any kind of animal can approach them without terror. Others are met with a smaller size, eight, six or five paces long and the following method is used for killing them. In the day time, by reason of great heat, they lurk cavern from whence at night they issue to seek their food, and whatever beast they meet with whether tiger, wolf or any other they devour. After which they drag themselves towards some lake or river in order to drink. By their motion along the shore and their vast weight, they make a deep impression along the sands. Those whose employment is to hunt them, observe the track by which they are most frequently accustomed to go, and fix into the ground several pieces of wood armed with sharp iron spikes, which they cover with sand. When the animals make their way towards the places they usually haunt, they are wounded and killed. The hunters then proceed to separate the skin from the flesh, taking care to immediately secure the gall, which is most highly prized and esteemed in medicine. The flesh of the animal is also sold at a high rate, being thought to have a higher flavor than other kinds of meat and was esteemed as a delicacy.

It is said that to this day deep in the unexplored forests of DRC in Africa, there roams a long necked reptile beast that is seen periodically and historically by locals all around the area. Avid adventurers have tried to look for this beast but failed to get through the terrain with its impenetrable forest and giant leech infested waters. Reminding us that earth still has many unexplored places and unexpected things left to discover, and that if there are giant leeches, what are they feeding on!

Those are just a few of the texts that mention dragons, but you name it, every tribe all over the world knew about dragons from days gone by. Some people believe that dragons had a type of electric fire similar to that of the electric eel, others believe they existed as dinosaurs and did not breathe fire at all. What we do know is that our history is full of large reptiles. That we cannot deny. Whether they are mundane or magical would be purely an afterthought if you had to come face to face with one of them today.

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