Dragon pictures and stories about them appear in the origins of Buddhism a lot of times. Protectors of Buddhist faith – Nagas – can be ancestors of Chinese Dragon. Also Dragon exists in the Japanese Tenbu as protectors of Buddhist Law. Firstly these creatures confess Hindu faith and later were converted into Buddhism. Translation of Tenbu is celestial beings, but all Buddhism tells us they not revealed from death. They are young when born and became older with time and die when time comes, so they follow the cycle of Six States of Being. That’s when creature suffers all life cycle and reborn after death.
The Year of the Dragon
Twelve-year cycle with a particular animal for every year – its exactly what The Chinese Zodiac is. Every animal has pronounced personality and influence on earth life during its year. Images of these animals can be found in every Chinese house, they are: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep (or goat), monkey, rooster, dog and pig. The year we live in – 2012 – is the year of Dragon.
Followers of the Chinese Zodiac believe that all people born during the Year of Dragon are stubborn, healthy, hilarious and full of energy. At the same time they appear to be reliable, honest and a bit sensitive. They say people born in Dragon year are most creative and non-standard of any others. They used to live by their own abilities and not to tell long speeches. But usually they are too soft to struggle with others opinion. They make a good couple with Rats, Monkeys, Roosters and Snakes.
In the numerous Chinese art-works the Dragon, along with three other creatures, marks four directions: The Dragon – East, The Tiger – West, Phoenix – South, Tortoise – North. Statues of these animals can be usually found near tombs in China as well in Japan. People believe they are good protectors.