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Dragons And The Powers Of The Earth

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Equally at home on land and sea, the dragon is associated with remote places and phenomena of the natural world. Serpents as well as the jinn, the supernatural spirits invisible to the human eye, whose existence is recognised in the Qurʾān, were considered from the oldest times as the general earthly genius loci of trees, in particular roots of trees, as well as caves, springs and wells. The belief concerning dragons guarding treasures hidden in the earth and the sources of nature's abundance may be linked with their chthonic nature. The pendant is cast in openwork with paired antithetical dragons emerging from a stylised vegetal composition that springs from a horned mask-like head at the bottom.

Keywords: dragons; earth; jinn; serpents

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