Category Archives: Year of the Dragon taxonomy

The Body as a Mountain

The human body represented as a mountain. Depicted here are the Cinnabar Fields (dantian), the Three Passes (sanguan), and the palaces of the inner deities. Source: Duren shangpin miaojing neiyi (Inner Meaning of the Wondrous Scripture of the Upper Chapters on Salvation; CT 90), 8a-b.

excerpt from The Golden Elixer site


More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan: The Kojin of Takeuchi Shrine


More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan: The Kojin of Takeuchi Shrine.

The Good, the Bad, and Godzilla 続・夕陽の呉爾羅: April 2008

The Real GODZILLA Invades G-Fest XV!

この夏、中島春雄は「G-Fest XV」 のためのシカゴで上陸する!

Nakajima on the set of GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER (1966)

G-Fest XV, the annual convention devoted to Japanese monster movies and fantasy films will be held from July 4th through July 6th, 2008, at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare. This year’s Guests of Honor will include:

HARUO NAKAJIMA – From Ishiro Honda’s GODZILLA (1954) to Jun Fukuda’s GODZILLA VS. GIGAN (1972), Nakajima was the primary Godzilla “suit actor” who also played the major monsters during the original run of Toho’s Fantasy Films, such as Honda’s RODAN (1956) and THE WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS (1966). Mr.Nakajima also appeared in numerous films produced at Toho Studios, including Akira Kurosawa’s SEVEN SAMURAI (1954). Mr. Nakajima will be meeting and greeting with attendees and will also receive G-Fest’s “Mangled Skyscraper Award” for 2008.

via The Good, the Bad, and Godzilla 続・夕陽の呉爾羅: April 2008.

The Ningen: Japan’s Sea Monster – Cryptozoology, Myths and Legends – Unexplained Mysteries Discussion Forums

Japanese sea monster

Behold the “Ningen“. Meaning literally “Human“, it’s allegedly a very large unknown animal sighted by Japanese fishers, which bares an uncanny resemblance to us. Not only a face, but other reports include even arms and hands.

Continue reading for more pictures and even videos. All artistic illustrations, but being Japanese, they are extremely nice, and as imagined sea monsters, they sure are terrifying.

One could speculate that a sea creature, even a known one, could be mistaken for a “Ningen”. Skates and rays, for instance, have nostrils and mouths that look like a face. In fact, they look so “human” that they are often mistaken or sold as devils or extraterrestrials — and Japanese fishers know that for centuries.

But the Ningen is allegedly 20 to 30 meters in length. And we may not even have to bother considering it very seriously, because this cryptid seems to be nothing more than a modern Internet legend.

There are no verifiable names for the alleged sightings. In fact, there are no names nor actual sightings, only vague reports that the creature was seen near the Antarctic Ocean. From the artistic interpretations in this page, you can also see that its appearance is pretty much up to the artist’s imagination.

via The Ningen: Japan’s Sea Monster – Cryptozoology, Myths and Legends – Unexplained Mysteries Discussion Forums.

Frontiers of Zoology: Some More On Oriental Dragon Development




THE KIAO-LUNG. (The four-footed coiled Dragon. The Iguanodon.


This animal, according to Shi Chan, belongs to the dragon family. Its eye-brows are crossed, hence its name signifies “the crossed reptile.” The scaled variety is called the Kiao-Lung, the winged the Ying-Lung. The horned kind are called K‘iu, the hornless kind Li. In Indian books it is called Kwan-P‘i-Lo.[=Buru]

Shi Chan, quoting from the Kwan Cheu Ki, says: “The Iguanodon (?) is more than twelve feet long; it resembles a snake, it has four feet, and is broad like a shield. It has a small head and a slender neck, the latter being covered with numerous protuberances. The front of its breast is of a red colour, its back is variegated with green, and its sides as if embroidered. Its tail is composed of fleshy rings; the larger ones are several. Its eggs are also large. It can induce fish to fly, but if a turtle is present they will not do so.

“The Emperor Chao, of the Han, when fishing in the river Wéi, caught a white Iguanodon. It resembled a snake, but was without scales. Its head was composed of soft flesh, and tusks issued from the mouth. The Emperor ordered his ministers to get it preserved. its flesh is delicious; bones green, flesh red.”

From the above it may be seen the Iguanodon is edible.

On this blog the pertinent posting is “The Real Dragons” from 11th February of the current year:

via Frontiers of Zoology: Some More On Oriental Dragon Development.

Frontiers of Zoology: Some Late Dragons and Dragon-Slayings

Winged dragons

Some Late Dragons and Dragon-Slayings

While I was on a photo search for dragons, I came across a few interesting illustrations that I thought I should share.

The first illustration is the “Winged Serpent” Wyvern or Gwiber type, shown as if it were an Ouroboros. In this case I thoought it was an important depiction because it is obviously feathered and has a feathered neck, but also thatit is feathered in green and that the long green feathers of its tail have ocelli like a peacock’s tail. The reminisces of Gwibers in Wales mentioned that their bodies were feathered and gaudy. and the feathers resembled peacock feathers. I wrote a blog for the CFZ in which I identified these “Flying serpents” as a sort of long-tailed pheasant-like bird and this looks like the illustration is going right along with the identification. It also seems to have a couple of feather tufts or “Horns” on its head, as some other more usual pheasants do.

The first part of this article was reprinted in Richard Muirhead’s journal FLYING SERPENTS (April 2011) and the part two is now pending. It had been a recent blog entry at that time and one of the first articles on the current blog was a posting on New World Flying Serpents (Amphitheres)which was a follow-up from the CFZ articl;e on Gwibers.

via Frontiers of Zoology: Some Late Dragons and Dragon-Slayings.

ETHIOPIAN CETUS : Sea monster of Ethiopia, labor Perseus ; Greek mythology ; pictures ; constellation : KETOS AITHIOPIOS


THE KETOS AITHIOPIOS or Ethiopian Cetus was a sea-monster sent by Poseidon to ravage the land of Aithiopia as punishment for Queen Kassiopeia’s hubristic boast that her daughter Andromeda was more beautiful than the Nereides. To assuage the wrath of the sea-gods, the girl was chained to the rocks as a sacrificial offering and feast for the dragon. It was at this time that Perseus was flying back to Greece with the head of Medousa. He spied the girl, flew down, slew the monster and carried her off to be his bride. Some say the hero turned the monster to stone, a rock which ancient tourists were shown near the Lebanese town of Joppa.The Sea-Monster, along with Perseus, Andromeda, and her parents King Kepheus and Queen Kassiopeia, were all placed amongst the stars of the sky as Constellatons.

via ETHIOPIAN CETUS : Sea monster of Ethiopia, labor Perseus ; Greek mythology ; pictures ; constellation : KETOS AITHIOPIOS.

Sea Monster. Lille 1460. colored drawing. KB 72 A 23

This is perhaps one of Keto’s squid party cohorts. I love the calligraphy of the 1400’s. Sometimes my puppy reminds me of a sea monster and I might add a psychic one!

I became interested in Keto’s when I began wearing a dragon which I bought as a pendant and brooch. I might add it was oversized and then quite a statement. I never really knew who Keto’s was and I was into my elemental Taoist Kung fu and internal Nei-Kung phase. I was studying at the Buddhist brownstone then. Now, I am realizing since my Keto’s pendant is tied onto my camera? I must learn more about Ketos. I am fascinated! Here is a tid bit……
KETO (or Ceto) was a marine goddess who personified the dangers of the sea. She was more specifically a goddess of whales, large sharks, and sea-monsters (Greek ketea). She consorted with her brother, the sea-god Phorkys, and produced a brood of awful monsters : Ekhidna (the Viper), Skylla (the Crab), Ladon (the Dragon), the Graia (the Grey), and the Gorgones (the Terrible Ones).

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