In Mongolian myths dragons symbolize water element, thunder, wildlife, the power of the earth, the underworld. They have supernatural powers.
The Mongols believed that if it thunders - it's a dragon gritting his teeth, and lightning occurs when it is rapidly falling from the sky, twisting the tail and spewing flames and smoke from his mouth. Also dragons Mongols associated with the underworld. They watch the waters, mountains, ravines, steppe, and also for the skies. In addition, the dragons guarding treasures - precious metals deposits.
Dragon image on mongol coin.
Outwardly, they look like huge snakes or crocodiles, and have many heads and tails, the primary color - black and yellow. On the feet have four fingers with claws.
The first dragon - hatched from snake eggs, and the gods have appointed him ruler of all waters on earth, and his descendants settled all water bodies - lakes, rivers and wells.
Mongolian dragons are very rich. They do not show people can be both friendly and hostile monsters that bring death and destruction.
People never mention the dragons in the conversation for fear of incurring their wrath, which could bring a variety of ills, abductions and loss of livestock.
The greatest Mongol dragon is a dragon-snake with 27 heads and 33 tails. In the legends and tales of the Mongols claimed that he was any harm to people. To defeat this dragon is said in the Mongolian epic, it was necessary to bogatyrs assemble a large army, go to the ends of the earth where the dragon lay his body thrice obvivaya hill, hit a spear most important dragon head, and then burn it on a huge bonfire and disperse the ashes on the north and south.
According to Mongolian beliefs during the solar eclipse of the dragon began to fight it, trying to swallow.
Dragons in Mongolian culture - from about 13 th century are the heraldic symbols of Genghis Khan, the head of state and supreme military elite - Guard.