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In the year of the dragon. Where is the dragon's tomb? (Continuation of the sequel to the sequel to the sequel to the sequel to the sequel to the sequel to the sequel to the sequel to the sequel to the sequel to the sequel))

Vasily Beregovoi • Drawings and illustrations, 2024
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Subject and objects: Literary scene
Technique: Pencil
Materials: Paper
Date of creation: 2024
Region: Luts'k
Location: Vasily Beregovoi

Description of the artwork «In the year of the dragon. Where is the dragon's tomb? (Continuation of the sequel to the sequel to the sequel to the sequel to the sequel to the sequel to the sequel to the sequel to the sequel to the sequel to the sequel))»

"... 8) Manipulations with pearls and ancient bronze mirrors led to mirages, such as the one described in Lung chi lu about a dragon who, in the guise of a small boy, played with three pearls in front of the entrance to his lair. When a man approached, he ran into the cave and, assuming his original dragon form, placed the pearls in his left ear. The man cut off the ear to get the pearls, but they disappeared with the dragon; 9) the pearls induce a state of intoxication in dragons, as in the legend of the man who liked wine very much, who received a pearl from a Xian woman in the mountains, which she said dragons keep in their mouths, replacing wine with it. 10) The pearls light up the dragons' homes. De Groot mentions "thunder pearls" (雷珠, lei zhu) "which the dragons dropped from their mouths, and which can completely illuminate a whole house at night." 11) the purpose of the dragons' activity is to invent the pearl of perfection, as for example in Börschmann's book about Pu to shan, where a gilded glass ball hangs from the center of the roof of the Great Hall in the Buddhist temple of Fa-yu (法雨寺, "Temple of the Rain of the Law"), and eight dragons carved on the surrounding "hanging columns" greedily pull their claws towards the "pearl of perfection"; 12) the pearl fulfills all wishes, for example Chinese Buddhists, while identifying the dragon with the Naga, also identified the orb with their chintamani, or precious pearl that fulfills all wishes; 13) the spelling of the pearl, for example Crump pointed out that the character 玥, represents a combination of the signs for "gem" and "moon", in a Japanese lexicon entitled Kanwa daijiten, explained as "divine pearl" (神珠), with the Japanese-Chinese pronunciation getsu, gachi. This sacred yue pearl gained its sanctity probably because of its association with the moon, since the second part of the character 玥 may not only be a phonetic element, but also indicates that it is the "pearl of the moon", as there is also "pearl of the bright moon" (明月之珠, Couvreur's Dictionary s.v. 月). It is possible that in the little sentence above, 両龍朝月, the last character has taken the place of the fuller form 玥, in which case the two dragons would be "addressing the pearl moon". But this translation must also take into account the color of the pearl and its shape. The unstated points in the "moon theory" are the red color of the ball and its spiral shape, which suggests that it is the center of rotation. The red orb carried by the dragon girl in the Hall of the Law in the same temple is obviously also a pearl. The spiral was often used to represent sacred Buddhist pearls, and could probably have served to draw Taoist treasures; although I must admit that the spiral of Buddhist pearls rises upwards, whereas the spiral of dragons is flat. The dragon pearls were called 千金珠. Before the image where "One dragon with a pearl in its claws, others flying on either side, ...", the pearl is the center of rotation of all three circles of the star chart, in the claws of the body of the constellation Dragon. Continuation follows. Beregovoy V.I. "In the Year of the Dragon. Where is the Tomb of the Dragon?"