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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tuesday Spotlight: Nancy Lindley-Gauthier

Were dragons ever real? Sure, go ahead, dismiss them as mere ‘myth.’ How could such a creature ever really exist? Take the Chinese water dragon – the flamboyant red scales, shooting flames and popping out of wells… doesn’t seem likely, does it? So we say ‘myth’ and what we really mean is ‘not true.’

But hang on, don’t dolphins often appear in old myths and legends? The ancestress of the Yangtze River Baiji was a beautiful princess who disobeyed her father and plunged into the river to escape his wrath. In the Amazon, the Boto become Enchanted and join human parties – you can tell who they are by the fancy hats they wear. And in stories the world over, dolphins have rescued men overboard, or swimmers in danger of drowning.

Sure, today, we know dolphins are real… but the very last of the Baiji Dolphin on this planet was spotted back in 2002. They’ve been declared extinct. Their charming, friendly cousins, the Ganges River Dolphins are departing too… how long will it be before youngsters laugh and shake their heads, when some old-timer claims to have seen a river dolphin?

Fog sits heavy around the well in the backyard, of an early morning. Through the mist, wouldn’t it be fun to see the a ruby dragon slipping back to bed, after its evening prowls? And when the water splashes loudly near the shore, to catch a glimpse of a tiny, snow-white dolphin leaping in its mother's wake?

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4 comments:

Maureen said...

I think it makes sense that stories of dragons are based on an animal and it would be amazing to see such a creature today.
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booklover0226 said...

I think many myths are based on some sort of truth.

Thanks,
Tracey D

Laurie J. Edwards said...

Ah, the stories dragons evoke...and perhaps they, too, were real once.

robynl said...

I thought dragons were folk lore but who knows for sure.

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