Apr. 4th, 2011

sechan19: (butterfly)
The ancient Chinese (ancient meaning before they really were "Chinese") believed that thunder and lightning were charged with the task of hunting escaped dragons. When lightning struck, it meant that a dragon was being chased from some hiding place. If a person you loved was struck by lightning and killed, it was probably because he was standing near the hiding place of a dragon or was actually the hiding place of a dragon.

It's an interesting means of rationalizing an otherwise irrational kind of death; the ultimate in "well, what could you do?" mentalities. ("He had a dragon hiding inside him--what more can we say?")

Now, whenever the weather is stormy and the thunder and lightning are crashy, I often think of marauding bands of stray dragons and the heavenly deities charged with bringing them back under control. And I hope that all dragons know that 5'1 girls don't make very good hiding places.

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