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東西方龍大比拼 Dragons of the East and West

Dragons of the East and West
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東西方龍大比拼 Dragons of the East and West
與東方對龍的看法相反,西方文化中的龍通常被視為邪 、會噴火的野獸
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    Contrary to how they are viewed in the East, dragons in Western cultures are often seen as evil, fire-breathing beasts associated with greed and chaos. Typically, Western dragons are depicted as twowinged, four-legged lizards with sharp teeth and claws, unlike Asian dragons that normally do not have wings or breathe fire. However, early Western dragons, including those from Norse and Mediterranean traditions, were often portrayed as large snakes. This is no surprise given that the word “dragon” comes from a Greek term that means “serpent” or “giant sea fish.”

    Western dragons are frequently featured in myths and legends. One of the most famous dragons in Western mythology is the European dragon. This type of dragon is a common theme in medieval legends and fairy tales. In many of these stories, the evil beasts are often killed by heroes in the end.

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Words in Use
chaos
[ˋkeɑs]
n. 混亂 (不可數)
lizard
[ˋlɪzɚd]
n. . 蜥蜴
Norse
[nɔrs]
a. 古代斯堪地那維亞的(現在譯為北歐的)
Mediterranean
[͵mɛdətəˋrenɪən]
a. 地中海的
serpent
[ˋsɝpənt]
n. 蛇
mythology
[mɪˋθɑlədʒɪ]
n. 神話
mythical
[ˋmɪθɪkəl]
a. 神話的;虛構的
medieval
[͵mɪdɪˋivəl]
a. . 中世紀的
folktale
[ˋfok͵tel]
n. 民間故事,傳說
Viking
[ˋvaɪkɪŋ]
n. 維京人
perception
[pɚˋsɛpʃən]
n. 感知,感覺(不可數);洞察力(不可數); 觀點(可數)
depict
[dɪˋpɪkt]
vt. 描述,描繪
beast
[bist]
n. 野獸;凶殘的人
greed
[grid]
n. 貪心 (不可數)
claw
[klɔ]
.vt. & vi. (用爪子)抓
n. 爪子
frequently
[ˋfrikwəntlɪ]
adv. 經常地,再三地
legend
[ˋlɛdʒənd]
n. 傳說
religious
[rɪˋlɪdʒəs]
a. 虔誠的;宗教的
meanwhile
[ˋmin͵hwaɪl]
adv. & n. 同時
destruction
[dɪˋstrʌkʃən]
n. 破壞(不可數)
worldwide
[ˋwɝld͵waɪd]
adv. 遍及全球地
adj. 遍及全球的
mystery
[ˋmɪstərɪ]
n. 神祕,神祕難解的事物
Practical Phrases
contrary to...
 與⋯⋯相反(的是)

Contrary to popular belief, that country is filled with beautiful landscapes.
一般認知不同的是,那個國家到處都是美景。

depict A as B
 將A描述為B
= describe A as B
be limited to
 侷限於⋯⋯

Fortunately, the damage caused by the fire was limited to the top floor.
所幸,火災造成的損害只限於頂樓而已。

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