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river by sandara river by sandara
my belated year of the dragon pic :P

for once i have a story for my picture...

in chinese mythology, dragons are associated with water, rivers and seas.
this picture was inspired by an old chinese myth i read when i was a kid. it was kinda like a kipling "how did_____ get its ______". in this case, it was how did china get its rivers.

a long time ago, china had no rivers, so the people had to depend on the rain to water the crops. however, one year, the jade emperor neglected to send down the rain, since he was having such a good time up in heaven.

there were four dragon princes living in the sea at that time, and they had a pretty care-free life, frolicking among the waves. however, things got so bad on land that the cries and wails of the people were heard even under the waves and the princes ventured to take a look.

the land was so parched the crops had died and famine was rampant across the lands. taking pity on the humans, the four dragons flew up to heaven to plead with the jade emperor to send down the rain. their pleas fell on deaf ears, however, and the dragons were sent back down to the ocean.

one of the princes grew angry and suggested that they take the water from the sea and spray it down on to the land. (i guess salt water just made things worse, lol) the dragons tried this for a couple of days, but it just wasn't enough.

finally, the princes decided to sacrifice themselves for the people. going on to the land, they turned themselves into rivers. hence the four great rivers of china were created: Heilongjiang (black dragon river) in the north, the yellow river and the yangtze (changjiang) in the central region and the pearl river in the south.
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Tamuril2 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist
Man, you got the Loc Ness monster beat in both majesty and awesomeness.
RichaCavaille Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  New member
Really good. Both things. :D
Aranphin Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Great art and great story.
我都没听过:D (Big Grin) 
Letdragon Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Absolutely stunning! :0
Callisata1579 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully created. :)
Dumitrulangham25 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful Beast 
Ladyella4 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
AWESOME, a beautiful scene♥
cassy34230 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
gordhanx Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
This is beautiful! I love the design details, colouring, background and lighting.
DogloverXD Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful painting! Truly love the way the water flows from the scales... <3
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