Being as I know very little about the Dragons of Vietnam I searched the web for help and found this wonderful lady. Enjoy.
Vietnam, the dragon is considered
the most important and sacred symbol of this
Eastern ethnic group, from remote times to
the present time.
According to the old
myth of the creation of the Kinh people,
all the Vietnamese citizens descend from a
For them, the dragon is a fantastic animal that
governs the rain. For
that reason, when one is blessed by a dragon, one
dragon is a symbol that represents the king,
the prosperity and the energy of the Vietnamese
nation. Like the Chinese dragon, the
Vietnamese is the symbol of the Yang.
It represents the universe, the life, the
existence and the growth.
DRAGONS AND DYNASTIES
During the dynasty of Tran (1225-1400),
the dragons had a similar aspect to those of
the previous dynasty of Ly.
Nevertheless, it is possible to emphasize some
different details: its
tail is shorter; its body is slightly fatter. The
Vietnamese dragon can
be represented with different types of
dragon symbolized the martial arts,
because the Tran Kings were descendants of a
Since the Vietnamese people had to fight against
the invasions of the
Mongols, the image of the dragon was influenced by
the Chinese dragon, thanks to the reach of
Confucianism inthese lands.
Later they are represented in legends in a very
Vietnamese dragons begin to portray lion heads and
a great nose.
THE DECAY OF THE ART
During the dynasty of Nguyen
(1802-1883), the dragon began to be imagined
with a spiral tail, one fiery fin, and great
In time, the image of this animal went
degenerating, until it lost its majestic
For many, such change must be considered as a
signal of the artistic
declination suffered by the following Vietnamese