A few words and details from our current artist Muditha Askin.
Details only, please visit the library to see full illustrations
1. The Carp fish start to swim upstream the Yellow River
2. Leaping over the Dragon Gate
3. The Dragon
There is a famous Chinese legend about the origin of the Dragon. On the ancient Yellow River in China there are two cliffs that frame the river that locals call “The Dragon Gate”. According to the legend each year three hundred and sixty carp swim upstream this river but only one carp from the three hundred and sixty will swim and rapidly leap high enough to get over The Dragon Gate. It is said that that one carp that is able to leap The Dragon Gate, will be magically transformed into a Dragon.
Having the persistence to resist the hardships of swimming upstream, rapidly jumping above the water and achieving success shows the carp to be a tough fish. That they could resist the big currents in China’s ancient Yellow River symbolizes great achievement in ones pursuit or the high ambition of a life time.
On the basis of this legend the carp became cultural tradition a symbol of “courage”. The legend teaches us that only the fittest and strongest can achieve the highest goal. We must strive for our highest goals with patience, believing in yourself and always trying to do your best, this will prove you to be fit and strong enough to conquer any hardships and overcome any obstacles.
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