Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Chinese Dragon: Chapter 25

Chinese Dragon: Copper and Fireworks
I know. It's been far too long. Letting that go for the moment, here's the Chinese Dragon.

Borges has a lot to say about the Chinese Dragon. There are so many stories, over so much time- several funny anecdotes, several pretty stories, any number of descriptions. Here's the one I like best.

"About the sixth century, Chang  Seng-yu executed a wall painting that depicted four dragons. Viewers complained that he had left out their eyes. Annoyed, Chang picked up his brushes again and completed two of the twisted figures. Then, 'the air filled with thunder and lightning, the wall cracked and the Dragons ascended to heaven. But the other two eyeless dragons stayed in place.'"

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