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Ancient Mysteries - Dragons: Myths and Legends

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They appear in countless myths and stories from around the world. Could dragons have actually existed and could they still remain hidden in some remote corner of the earth?

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CS463C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,787 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Dragons: Myths and Legends is one of many quality videos from the Ancient Mysteries series produced by the A and E Network. This episode (capably narrated by Leonard Nimoy) serves as an introduction to the myths and legends associated with dragons. The documentary seeks to answer questions as to how dragon mythologies developed in the cultures of the ancient Near East, Europe, China, and the Americas. The video posits that dragons may have actually existed at one time but were hunted to extinction. We also learn that animals such as the okapi and coelacanth are relatively new discoveries and that, however unlikely, dragons could still exist in remote areas. Finally, the Komodo dragon and crocodile may (perhaps) explain the existence of dragons. The video left me wanting to learn more about the myths and legends associated with dragons and other legendary creatures. Though maybe a bit slow at times, Dragons: Myths and Legends is a succinct and informative portrayal of the mythology of dragons.
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Cultures all over the globe and for centuries have described dragons. This film shows many beautiful paintings and statues from dragons across the globe. They are so widespread, I'm surprised they are not mentioned as Jungian archetypes. Unlike researchers that may treat one civilization as better than another, this work spoke of dragons in Europe, China, and the Americas with equal respect. Still, one interviewee said Occidental and Oriental dragons did not have the same characteristics or reputation. This reminded me of how others have said Wicca and Yoruba religions have nothing in common even though they may seem to.

The work never assumes that dragons did not or do not exist. In the same way that many have hypotheses about Atlantis, this work explores some hypotheses on dragons. Still, I thought it went far from exhausting ideas. On "Sagwa: the Siamese-Chinese Cat," they said dragons were metaphors for rivers; others say they are phallic metaphors.

When Leonard Nimoy narrates, he first asks a question then tries to answer it. I thought this was redundant and just meant to kill time. It certainly dumbs down the program. I appreciated the diverse interviewees seen in the work. One interviewee looked like he was Leonard Nimoy with a long beard.

Should this program win an Oscar for documentary? Of course not! Is it a cute thing to watch when you have some free time? Yes. I think parents whose children love dragons may want to get this or make sure their curious, young ones see it.
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I LEARNED A LOT I DIDN'T KNOW. I WATCHED IT TWEICE TO MAKE SURE I DIDN'T MISS ANYTHING. IF YOU LIKE DRAGONS. YOU WILL LIKE THIS ONE.
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more real than muhammed.
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