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** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', Naga is worshiped by Ylisse opposing Grima, the Fell Dragon worshipped by the [[ReligionOfEvil Grimleal]] of Plegia, though neither are truly gods because they lack the power of creation among other things. Curiously Valm, despite being the future form of the continent of Gaiden, has abandoned the worship of Duma, and now worships Tiki instead, who is now part of the Naga religion as "The Voice" due to being Naga's daughter and being over 3000 years old.

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** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', Naga is worshiped by Ylisse opposing Grima, the Fell Dragon worshipped by the [[ReligionOfEvil Grimleal]] of Plegia, though neither are truly gods because they lack the power of creation among other things. Curiously Valm, despite being the future form of the continent of Gaiden, has abandoned the worship of Duma, and now worships Tiki instead, who is now part of the Naga religion as "The Voice" due to being Naga's daughter and being daughter, Tiki, now over 3000 years old.old, is revered as a sort of prophet, the Voice of the Divine Dragon. [[spoiler:One boss fought in Valm reveals that Mila is still worshiped two thousand years after ''Gaiden''/''Shadows of Valentia'' as the Earth Mother]].


This trope is OlderThanDirt as the Chinese have revered dragons for millennia, with the oldest known dragon depiction in the world dating back to the fifth millennium BC, during the time of the Neolithic [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yangshao_culture Yangshao culture]]. This makes Chinese mythology the UrExample, TropeMaker, ''and'' TropeCodifier.

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This trope is OlderThanDirt as the Chinese have revered dragons for millennia, with the oldest known dragon depiction in the world dating back to the fifth millennium BC, during the time of the Neolithic [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yangshao_culture Yangshao culture]]. This makes Chinese mythology Myth/{{Chinese mythology}} the UrExample, TropeMaker, ''and'' TropeCodifier.


This trope is OlderThanDirt as the Chinese have revered dragons for millennia, with the oldest known dragon depiction in the world dating back to the fifth millennium BC, during the time of the Neolithic [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yangshao_culture Yangshao culture]].

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This trope is OlderThanDirt as the Chinese have revered dragons for millennia, with the oldest known dragon depiction in the world dating back to the fifth millennium BC, during the time of the Neolithic [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yangshao_culture Yangshao culture]]. This makes Chinese mythology the UrExample, TropeMaker, ''and'' TropeCodifier.


* Recently rediscovered Filipino mythology shows a common motif where ''crocodiles'' are seen as Asian dragons, filling the roles of [[NatureSpirit powerful water-spirits,]] if not outright {{Physical God}}s like with East Asian mythology. Of course, being [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile crocodiles,]] they're naturally more fearsome than most Asian dragons: Crocodiles were held to be minor gods because [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking they protected mortals from the OTHER dangerous water-spirits]] lurking in the seas and rivers. It was often thought that being eaten by a crocodile sent someone directly to the positive "heaven-type" afterlife, without the long and arduous sea-journey needed after most other deaths, and some tribes thought that normal crocodiles needed a HumanSacrifice to LevelUp INTO dragons, as they [[SoulEating needed to eat a human soul.]]

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* Recently rediscovered Filipino mythology shows a common motif where ''crocodiles'' are seen as Asian dragons, filling the roles of [[NatureSpirit powerful water-spirits,]] if not outright {{Physical God}}s like with East Asian mythology. Of course, being [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile crocodiles,]] they're naturally more fearsome than most Asian dragons: Crocodiles They were held to be as minor gods because [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking they protected mortals from the OTHER dangerous water-spirits]] lurking in the seas and rivers. It was often thought that being eaten by a crocodile sent someone directly to the positive "heaven-type" afterlife, without the long and arduous sea-journey needed after most other deaths, and some tribes thought that normal crocodiles needed a HumanSacrifice to LevelUp INTO dragons, as they [[SoulEating needed to eat a human soul.]]


* Recently rediscovered Filipino mythology shows a common motif where ''crocodiles'' are seen as Asian-type dragons, filling the roles of [[NatureSpirit powerful water-spirits,]] if not outright {{Physical God}}s like with East Asian mythology. Of course, being [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile crocodiles,]] they're naturally more fearsome than most Asian-type dragons: Crocodiles were held to be minor gods because [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking they protected mortals from the OTHER dangerous water-spirits]] lurking in the seas and rivers. It was often thought that being eaten by a crocodile sent someone directly to the positive "heaven-type" afterlife, without the long and arduous sea-journey needed after most other deaths, and some tribes thought that normal crocodiles needed a HumanSacrifice to LevelUp INTO dragons, as they [[SoulEating needed to eat a human soul.]]

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* Recently rediscovered Filipino mythology shows a common motif where ''crocodiles'' are seen as Asian-type Asian dragons, filling the roles of [[NatureSpirit powerful water-spirits,]] if not outright {{Physical God}}s like with East Asian mythology. Of course, being [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile crocodiles,]] they're naturally more fearsome than most Asian-type Asian dragons: Crocodiles were held to be minor gods because [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking they protected mortals from the OTHER dangerous water-spirits]] lurking in the seas and rivers. It was often thought that being eaten by a crocodile sent someone directly to the positive "heaven-type" afterlife, without the long and arduous sea-journey needed after most other deaths, and some tribes thought that normal crocodiles needed a HumanSacrifice to LevelUp INTO dragons, as they [[SoulEating needed to eat a human soul.]]


* Dragon worship originated in China and is highly complex with a mythology spanning thousands of years. Dragon cults remain some of the most influential Chinese folk religions today despite most Chinese people being irreligious, they maintain these spiritual practises as cultural customs. Dragons are seen as icons of Han nationalism and symbols for China in general thus it is common for Chinese people to refer to themselves as "descendants of the dragon". Chinese dragons have spread across Asia and are called "dragons" but they are really [[OurDragonsAreDifferent nothing like European dragons at all]].

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* Dragon worship originated in China and is highly complex with a mythology spanning thousands of years. Dragon cults remain some of the most influential Chinese folk religions today despite most Chinese people being irreligious, as they maintain these spiritual practises practices as cultural customs. Dragons are seen as icons of Han nationalism and symbols for China in general thus it is common for Chinese people to refer to themselves as "descendants of the dragon". Chinese dragons have spread across Asia and are called "dragons" but they are really [[OurDragonsAreDifferent nothing like European dragons at all]].


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* Recently rediscovered Filipino mythology shows a common motif where ''crocodiles'' are seen as Asian-type dragons, filling the roles of [[NatureSpirit powerful water-spirits,]] if not outright {{Physical God}}s like with East Asian mythology. Of course, being [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile crocodiles,]] they're naturally more fearsome than most Asian-type dragons: Crocodiles were held to be minor gods because [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking they protected mortals from the OTHER dangerous water-spirits]] lurking in the seas and rivers. It was often thought that being eaten by a crocodile sent someone directly to the positive "heaven-type" afterlife, without the long and arduous sea-journey needed after most other deaths, and some tribes thought that normal crocodiles needed a HumanSacrifice to LevelUp INTO dragons, as they [[SoulEating needed to eat a human soul.]]

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** [[spoiler:Sothis]] in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThreeHouses'' is not only the Goddess worshipped by the Church of Seiros in Fodlan, but also mothered multiple children called the Nabeta who are in fact various breeds of dragons [[spoiler:such as Rhea/Seiros the Sky Dragon]]. Unlike Naga, however, there are many indications that [[spoiler:Sothis]] really is a true out-and-out deity, possessing power over [[TimeMaster time itself]] and enough raw power to wipe out [[spoiler:the advanced civilization of Agartha when they turned against her]], and [[spoiler:from lines from both the Church and "those who slither in the dark", may have in fact come from another world entirely.]]

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* Some ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' angels such as Inspired, Glamor and Fortitudo resemble dragons, mostly on the serpentine side of things. However [[LightIsNotGood they're not good]] by any conventional standards.


A subtrope of both OurDragonsAreDifferent and OurGodsAreDifferent. Compare DragonsAreDemonic, which they can fall under if they're also evill and DraconicAbomination for particularly eldritch examples. A descendant of a divine dragon and a non-dragon may be a SemiDivine (or full DivineParentage) variant of DragonAncestry. This may be associated with FeatheredDragons due to the cultural connotations of [[GoodWingsEvilWings feathered wings]]. See also {{Kirin}} and TheFourGods.

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A subtrope of both OurDragonsAreDifferent and OurGodsAreDifferent. Compare DragonsAreDemonic, which they can fall under if they're also evill evil; and DraconicAbomination for particularly eldritch examples. A descendant of a divine dragon and a non-dragon may be a SemiDivine (or full DivineParentage) variant of DragonAncestry. This may be associated with FeatheredDragons due to the cultural connotations of [[GoodWingsEvilWings feathered wings]]. See also {{Kirin}} and TheFourGods.


A subtrope of both OurDragonsAreDifferent and OurGodsAreDifferent. Compare DragonsAreDemonic, which they can fall under if they're also evil. A descendant of a divine dragon and a non-dragon may be a SemiDivine (or full DivineParentage) variant of DragonAncestry. This may be associated with FeatheredDragons due to the cultural connotations of [[GoodWingsEvilWings feathered wings]]. See also {{Kirin}} and TheFourGods.

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A subtrope of both OurDragonsAreDifferent and OurGodsAreDifferent. Compare DragonsAreDemonic, which they can fall under if they're also evil.evill and DraconicAbomination for particularly eldritch examples. A descendant of a divine dragon and a non-dragon may be a SemiDivine (or full DivineParentage) variant of DragonAncestry. This may be associated with FeatheredDragons due to the cultural connotations of [[GoodWingsEvilWings feathered wings]]. See also {{Kirin}} and TheFourGods.


Dragons are almost universally depicted as beings of great power and majesty, to be revered or reviled depending on the story or culture in question. However, there are dragons in particular that are depicted as servants of the gods or something close to them, if not outright gods themselves. While their exact morality and status can differ, these dragons can range in power from that of a "mere" PhysicalGod, to even that of PowersThatBe. The latter depiction is particularly common in the religions of East Asian cultures, which through cultural exchange have often influenced Western portrayals of dragons in fiction. Draconic deities often tend to be associated with the ocean, storms, or both in particular.

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Dragons are almost universally depicted as beings of great power and majesty, to be revered or reviled depending on the story or culture in question. However, there are dragons in particular that are depicted as servants of the gods or something close to them, if not outright gods [[OurGodsAreDifferent gods]] themselves. While their exact morality and status can differ, these dragons can range in power from that of a "mere" PhysicalGod, to even that of PowersThatBe. The latter depiction is particularly common in the religions of East Asian cultures, which through cultural exchange have often influenced Western portrayals of dragons in fiction. Draconic deities often tend to be associated with the ocean, storms, or both in particular.



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* ''Literature/LoneWolf'' has Nyxator, not a literal god, but the first living thing on Magnamund and a devoted servant of the sun god, Kai. He also recorded his vast wisdom into the seven [[MacGuffin lorestones]] to guide future generations.
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* ''Literature/LoneWolf'' has Nyxator, not a literal god, but the first living thing on Magnamund and a devoted servant of the sun god, Kai. He also recorded his vast wisdom into the seven [[MacGuffin lorestones]] to guide future generations.



** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden Gaiden]]'', the god of Power, Duma, seemingly an actual god, resembles a decaying [[{{Cyclops}} cyclopean]] dragon. Both he and Mila, his counterpart, are revealed in ''Shadows of Valentia'' to be [[spoiler:exiled members of the Divine Dragon Tribe]].

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** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden Gaiden]]'', the god of Power, Duma, seemingly an actual god, resembles a decaying [[{{Cyclops}} cyclopean]] {{cyclop|s}}ean dragon. Both he and Mila, his counterpart, are revealed in ''Shadows of Valentia'' to be [[spoiler:exiled members of the Divine Dragon Tribe]].

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* ''TabletopGame/PalladiumFantasy'' includes the Dragonwright faith, which worships the God Dragons as supreme over all other gods. They have a point, as said God Dragons are to other deities as mortal dragons are to mere men.


* Dragon worship originated in China and is highly complex with a mythology spanning thousands of years. Dragon cults remain some of the most influential Chinese folk religions today despite most Chinese people being irreligious, they maintain these spiritual practises as cultural customs. Dragons are seen as icons of Han nationalism and symbols for China in general. Chinese dragons have spread across Asia and are called "dragons" but they are really [[OurDragonsAreDifferent nothing like European dragons at all]].

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* Dragon worship originated in China and is highly complex with a mythology spanning thousands of years. Dragon cults remain some of the most influential Chinese folk religions today despite most Chinese people being irreligious, they maintain these spiritual practises as cultural customs. Dragons are seen as icons of Han nationalism and symbols for China in general.general thus it is common for Chinese people to refer to themselves as "descendants of the dragon". Chinese dragons have spread across Asia and are called "dragons" but they are really [[OurDragonsAreDifferent nothing like European dragons at all]].


* Dragon worship originated in China and is highly complex with a mythology spanning thousands of years. Dragon cults remain some of the most influential Chinese folk religions today despite most Chinese people being irreligious, they maintain these spiritual practises as cultural customs. Dragons are seen as icons of Han nationalism and symbols for the Chinese nation in general. Chinese dragons have spread across Asia and are called "dragons" but they are really [[OurDragonsAreDifferent nothing like European dragons at all]].

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* Dragon worship originated in China and is highly complex with a mythology spanning thousands of years. Dragon cults remain some of the most influential Chinese folk religions today despite most Chinese people being irreligious, they maintain these spiritual practises as cultural customs. Dragons are seen as icons of Han nationalism and symbols for the Chinese nation China in general. Chinese dragons have spread across Asia and are called "dragons" but they are really [[OurDragonsAreDifferent nothing like European dragons at all]].


* Dragon worship originated in China and is highly complex with a mythology spanning thousands of years. Dragon cults remain some of the most influential Chinese folk religions today despite most Chinese people being irreligious, they maintain these spiritual practises as cultural customs. Dragons are seen as icons of Han nationalism and symbols for the Chinese nation in general.

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* Dragon worship originated in China and is highly complex with a mythology spanning thousands of years. Dragon cults remain some of the most influential Chinese folk religions today despite most Chinese people being irreligious, they maintain these spiritual practises as cultural customs. Dragons are seen as icons of Han nationalism and symbols for the Chinese nation in general. Chinese dragons have spread across Asia and are called "dragons" but they are really [[OurDragonsAreDifferent nothing like European dragons at all]].


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** Chinese dragons are seen as manifestations of ''yang'' or masculine energy while Chinese phoenixes are seen as manifestations of ''yin'' or feminine energy so it is customary at Chinese weddings to have some artwork of a dragon and phoenix together. In some Chinese provinces, the bride is given golden dragon and phoenix bangles to wish for a harmonious marriage. If these practises are skipped they might be seen as a bad omen for a future failed marriage.

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