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This conclusory chapter talks about the dragon in medieval east. The immense cultural significance of the serpent dragon is best demonstrated by the fact that its iconography was known and exploited throughout Western Asia in the medieval period. A wide semantic range of serpent-dragon iconography and iconology evolved during its immemorial history in Western Asia. The dragon thus served to embody the eternal opposition of two distinct forces, one seeking to preserve life, the other to destroy it, a polarity giving rise to a kaleidoscopic diversity of function and symbolism. The serpent-dragon accrued a range of negative aspects following changes brought about by the rise of Zoroastrian cosmological dualism. The dragon can also be said to function as a representative of the unknown, often conceived of as hostile and threatening.

Keywords: dragon; serpent; Western Asia



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