For thousands of years, the dragon has been an unmistakable symbol around the world. But this lizard-like beast doesn't always carry the same meaning. In European legends, dragons are evil and dangerous creatures that spit fire, devour animals, and kill humans. Dragons in Asia also carry magical powers, but they are usually powerful and wise creatures that control changes in nature.

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