Zhulong

I had to Google this one, due to a distinct lack of any Z related people or creatures in my books at home. Plus, my brain feels fried after writing about Yggdrasil. So we’re going to wrap up this challenge with a nice “easy” one.

 

“Zhulong” literally means “torch dragon” (or Zhuyin—“illuminating darkness”) and is a solar deity in Chinese lore. With the body of a serpent and the face of a human, Zhulong created night and day by opening and closing his eyes, and created the wind with his breath.

 

While kind of creepy in having a human face, he’s still very interesting. I’m not familiar with Chinese mythology, and I like the concept of a dragon playing a part in creation.

 

SekienShokuin

Shokuin (Zhuyin, the spirit of China’s Purple Mountain) from the Konjaku Hyakki Shūi by Toriyama Sekien (Japanese, *1712, †1788) via Wikimedia Commons

 

Source: Zhulong on Wikipedia

 

And that brings us to the conclusion of the A to Z Challenge! I thank everyone who’s stopped by and commented. It’s been great meeting new folks and reading so many interesting posts this month. (Exhausting, but still great.) Thank you all for making my first A to Z a good one.

 


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Sophie Duncan - 4 years ago

Wow – Z already! A serpent with a human face does sound a little creepy, but he sounds like a useful guy to have around creating day and night and wind 🙂

It’s been a fun A to Z – thanks for sharing all the interesting creatures – I knew some of them, but have learnt new things about all of them 🙂

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    Sara C. Snider - 4 years ago

    Thanks, Sophie! It’s been lots of fun, and I’ve learned a lot as well. 😀

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Timothy Brannan - 4 years ago

So cool! My son loves dragons so I just showed this to him.

Thanks so much for a month long of great posts. So glad I got to find your blog!


Timothy S. Brannan
The Other Side, April Blog Challenge: The A to Z of Witches

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    Sara C. Snider - 4 years ago

    Thanks Timothy, and likewise! It’s been great reading about witches on your blog. 🙂

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Lori Wing - 4 years ago

What a great way to round out your A to Z. You included a little something from each of the four corners of the globe. Well done!

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    Sara C. Snider - 4 years ago

    Thanks Lori! 🙂

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Stephanie Faris - 4 years ago

Creepy dragon! Congrats on finishing the challenge. Z was a tough one and you found a very unique idea!

Stephanie
http://stephie5741.blogspot.com

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    Sara C. Snider - 4 years ago

    Thanks, Stephanie! Congrats to you as well. 🙂

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djinnia - 4 years ago

whoa! you went out with a bang! what an awesome post.

congrats on surviving!

i’m very glad i found your blog. =D

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    Sara C. Snider - 4 years ago

    Thanks Djinnia, congrats to you as well. I’m going to finish your story, promise! 🙂

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Laura Clipson - 4 years ago

This sounds like an interesting creature, I love the creation myth surrounding it.
Congratulations on making it through the A to Z 🙂

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    Sara C. Snider - 4 years ago

    Thanks, Laura. I thought the creation part was pretty cool. Congrats to you as well. 🙂

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Rhonda - 4 years ago

Congratulations on successfully completing the A to Z Challenge 🙂

I agree with you that this dragon is kinda creepy on account of his human face, but he is pretty cool too 🙂

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    Sara C. Snider - 4 years ago

    Thanks, Rhonda. Congratulations to you also. 🙂

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Michelle Stanley - 4 years ago

A serpent with a human face!! Sounds like a couple sleazeball men I know :). It has been a pleasure reading your posts, and I shall continue to so. Congratulations on completing the grand finale to your theme.

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    Sara C. Snider - 4 years ago

    Haha! Thanks, Michelle. It’s been nice bumping into you. Congratulations to you too. 🙂

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Tasha - 4 years ago

A dragon is always a good way to finish a challenge 🙂 Your posts have been brilliant.
Congrats on making it to the end and thank you so much for visiting my blog too.
If you ever feel like guest blogging about anything, I’d love to host you. I have a form here if you’d be interested (it auto fills a Googlesheet which tell me when I need to remember things :)).
Tasha
Tasha’s Thinkings – AtoZ (Vampires)
FB3X – AtoZ (Erotic Drabbles)

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    Sara C. Snider - 4 years ago

    Thanks, Tasha, and congratulations to you as well. An thank you for the guest post offer. I will certainly take you up on that, should an idea strike me. 🙂

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Tarkabarka - 4 years ago

I really enjoyed your A to Z, I think you have done an excellent job 🙂 It was nice “meeting” you through the challenge! I’ll be checking back.

@TarkabarkaHolgy from
Multicolored Diary – Tales of colors
MopDog – The crazy thing about Hungarians…

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    Sara C. Snider - 4 years ago

    Thanks, Tarkabarka. It’s been great meeting you as well. 🙂

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Michelle Stanley - 4 years ago

Hi Sara, I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Please see my blog for more details. Michelle http://writer-way.blogspot.com/2014/05/liebster-nominations.html

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    Sara C. Snider - 4 years ago

    Thanks, Michelle! I’ll check it out. 🙂

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