The Legend of the Red Dragon in Wales
by Jun Kuzuya
(Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan)
The national flag of Wales
As you know, Wales is a famous country of Celtic culture. Many Celtic fairy stories remain there. One of them is the legend of the red dragon. I would like to share about it this time.
The legend of the red dragon is a very famous story in Wales. It is from the Celtic tradition.
When the earth was born, there was a black dragon in the ground. It made many misfortunes; for example, earthquakes, land subsidence, and so on.
And then, the red dragon as the god of water appeared. Both dragons got into a battle. After a long battle, the red dragon won and the earth seemed to become peaceful.
From this story, the red dragon became the symbol of Wales. For example, the red dragon is in the national flag of Wales, and the national rugby team of Wales is called the "red dragon."
In the end, Welsh people are seen as having "dragon hearts." What an amazing story I think!
So we can find that one tradition had many influences on the Welsh nation. It is a very interesting story!!