How did the image of the divine beast Qinglong come from? What is the original intention of Qinglong?

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The most basic feature of the image of Qinglong is “nine similarities”, and the specific nine kinds of animals are still controversial. It is said that it can show, hide, thin, huge, short and long. The vernal equinox ascends the sky, the autumnal equinox dives into the abyss, and the wind calls the rain. These are the images of dragons developed in the late stage, which are more complex than the original dragons. The following China story network editor will bring you a detailed introduction. Let’s have a look!


From the cultural era when there was no credible history to be examined thousands of years ago, to the Yin and Shang Dynasties, the Western Zhou Dynasty, and then to the Warring States and pre Qin Dynasties, vessels and decorations about the image of the dragon have always been emerging in endlessly, with wings, no wings, horns, and no horns. There are also many different images of the beast dragon of Liangzhu Culture and the snake dragon of Chahai site. Therefore, some scholars believe that the origin and source of the dragon are numerous.

The dragon image in the Western Han Dynasty (including the period of Wang Mang) has a slender body, like a snake, with an undivided body and tail, and fins at the end. The head looks like a crocodile, and the whole body is thin and long. It is divided into winged and wingless. Some horns are like ox horns, slender, and the front end is slightly curved. The upper and lower jaws are equal in length, and the upper and lower lips roll up and down respectively. It can be divided into two types, with or without wings in the shape of bird wings. Beast legs, short and thick. The feet are divided into two kinds, beast and eagle, with three toes.

In the Eastern Han Dynasty, the dragon was thick, like a tiger, with distinct body and tail, and some of them had fins. Horns are like ox horns. There are protruding edges under the horns, with the top curling forward, and there are also similar antlers. And all have wings. The legs are long. The image of tiger is the main image, supplemented by other animal images.

From Jian’an to Wei and Jin Dynasties (the Sixteen Kingdoms period), the dragon body was slender, like a tiger, with a clear body and tail. The head horn is slightly like a antler. There are two kinds of wings. The winged dragon is still in the shape of bird wings. The legs are beasts, long.


From the northern and Southern Dynasties to the Sui Dynasty, the dragon was slender, like a tiger, with a distinct body and tail, and a flame ring appeared on its neck and back. There are still two kinds of dragon wings, ribbon wings and bird wings. Floating on the limbs, with long animal hair.

In the Tang and Song Dynasties, the body was stout and plump, reverting to the snake body. The body and tail were not divided, and there were scales from the back to the tail. In the Song Dynasty, there was a circle of fins on the tail. Absorbing the characteristics of the lion image, it is round and plump, with hyenas behind its head. Bifurcated antlers appeared in the Tang Dynasty, and slightly similar antlers survived in the early stage. The upper lip is very long, with a sharp tip, and the lower lip is short and no longer rolled down. The Dragon wings are all ribbon shaped. In Song Dynasty, there were four clawed feet, and the hind limbs and tail often crossed and circled.

The early social productivity was low, people lived in the harsh natural environment, and they could not control the natural forces independently, nor explain their own sources. They were full of fantasy, longing and even fear of nature, and worshipped all kinds of natural or supernatural forces stronger than human beings, which was the social basis for the emergence of totems and ghosts.

The formation time of dragon totem can be traced back to the ancient Fuxi era. According to historical records, Fuxi, the ancestor of China, once witnessed a strange beast with a dragon head and a horse body in the Yellow River area. He was moved and invented the eight trigrams. From then on, he took the dragon as a tribal symbol and was known as the dragon master. The officials of Fuxi tribe are all named after dragons. There are haoying Qianlong, datangju dragon, hundun Jianglong, Yinkang Tulong, and Li Lushui dragon. The whole Fuxi tribe is a dragon kingdom.

In modern times, there is a popular saying that Busan Fu originated from the Yellow Emperor. Records of the Five Emperors: after defeating Yan Emperor and Chiyou, the Yellow Emperor patrolled the four directions, “in line with Busan”. This “fufu” not only unified the Fuxin of various military orders and established a political alliance, but also combined some elements from the totems of the original tribes to create a new animal image – the dragon.


Since then, all tribes in the Central Plains have a common dragon totem, and the history of unifying Chinese civilization has begun. Therefore, Chinese people are “descendants of dragons”.

Although this story explains how the non natural primitive dragon became the ancestor of the Chinese nation, the discovery of the dragon image in prehistoric cultural sites made it self defeating.

Most modern scholars believe that the dragon totem evolved from other animal totems. In the early stage, the “snake evolution theory” was widely representative. When snakes evolved into dragons, we naturally became “descendants of dragons”.

But in fact, the saying of the descendants of dragons did not become popular until after the May 4th movement. Disclaimer: the above content originates from the network, and the copyright belongs to the original author. Please inform us if your original copyright is infringed, and we will delete the relevant content as soon as possible.

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