Koi Fish Transforming into a dragon
1. KOI FISH MEANING AND MYTH-the world, koi fish are well-loved and respected. Often associated with Japan, koi actually originated from Central Asia in China. They were introduced to Japan by Chinese invaders.
The koi got their name around 500 B.C, but the fish itself has been around for much longer. Fossils of ancient koi date back 20 million years.
Natural genetic mutation brought about the brilliant colors in koi known today, and in the early 1800s Japanese farmers began keeping them for aesthetics.
Over the years, koi fish meaning and symbolism has become iconic around the world. learn more at https://koistory.com/blog/koi-fish-meaning-and-myth
2. The legend of the Koi fish – the Dragon Fish-A long time ago, in the distant past, the water of the blue river that flowed from the sky, and the golden river that flowed from the land were separated by the legendary Dragon’s Gate.
The golden river, so-called because of the golden colour of its water, was the last place where the inhabitants of the sea could swim freely, after the gods that walked on the earth had destroyed their massive home, Believing themselves to be the owners of everything they laid their eyes on.
Amongst all the inhabitants of their water, the Koi family were the most beautiful of all, gleaming in the sunlight like brilliant stars.
The black one was father Koi fish , the red one was mother Koi, and their little son was a remarkable deep blue colour.What the little Koi fish wanted more than anything was to reach the waters of the blue river after hearing from his father how there was a time where there were no barriers between one place and the other.
The bravest fish, the dragon fish, flew across the sky like pearls lighting up the darkness. The entrance was upstream, through the Dragon’s Gate to the Great Waterfall of the
Every fish that got that far sprouted golden wings and so became a dragon fish. learn more at http://www.tuctuc.com/kimono/Files/LEYENDA-EN.pdf
3. Leaping Over the Dragon’s Gate-There is a Chinese proverb that goes “The carp has leaped through the dragon’s gate.” ( Liyu Tiao Long Men, 鲤鱼跳龙门 )”
According to Chinese mythology, the Dragon’s Gate is located at the top of a waterfall cascading from a legendary mountain. Many carp swim upstream against the river’s strong current, but few are capable or brave enough for the final leap over the waterfall.
If a carp successfully makes the jump, it is transformed into a powerful dragon. A Chinese dragon’s large, conspicuous scales indicate its origin from a carp. The Chinese dragon has long been an auspicious symbol of great and benevolent, magical power.
The image of a carp jumping over Dragon’s Gate is an old and enduring Chinese cultural symbol for courage, perseverance, and accomplishment. Historically, the dragon was the exclusive symbol of the emperor of China and the five-character expression,
Liyu Tiao Long Men, was originally used as a metaphor for a person’s success in passing very difficult imperial examinations, required for entry into imperial administrative service.
To this day, when a student from a remote country village passes the rigorous national university examination in China, friends and family proudly refer to the “Liyu Tiao Long Men.”
More generally, the expression is used to communicate that if a person works hard and diligently, success will one day be achieved.”
– Carp Leaping Over the Dragon’s Gate learn more at http://www.egreenway.com/dragonsrealms/DT3.htm
4.Legendary Carp-Carp have a strange tendency to appear unusually powerful in fiction, often being gigantic. Giant Carp are venerated for being colorful and allegedly wise pond dwellers, especially in Japan. Sort of like swimming parrots.
They are known for their ability to jump many feet into the air and their long lifespan, something which is usually forgotten amongst their more domesticated, ill-kept brothers called goldfish.
According to legend, a sufficently old and powerful carp that is able to climb a waterfall may even become a dragon.
See Seahorses Are Dragons for another animal that turns into a dragon in Japanese Mythology.
Oddly, despite goldfish being a sort of carp, and supposedly being flushed down toilets on a regular basis, this myth rarely seems to cross over with the “giant alligator in the sewer” Urban Legend.
Probably because the carp has barbels which make it look more like an Eastern dragon while goldfish don’t…thus a goldfish won’t turn into a dragon at all.
See also The Catfish, a more elusive kind of fish. If you searched for Legendary Crap, you either want Blatant Lies, Toilet Humor, So Bad, It’s Good, or a page on the Darth Wiki that shall not be named. learn more at http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/LegendaryCarp
5.Carp and Dragons in Vietnam-There are a story in Vietnamese mythology that’s similar to the Chinese or Japanese story about the koi fish becoming a dragon.
There was an emperor who wanted to create new dragons because dragons bring rain, which helps crops grow.
So many animals in the ocean were summoned to have a competition, where they had to jump over three gates of rain.
The first animal that could jump over all three would get to be transformed into a dragon.First, a fish—I think it was a tilapia?—tried, but only got past the first gate.
The second to try was a catfish, but it hit its head on the second, so its head got flattened. The emperor rewarded it with dragon whiskers for effort.
Next came the shrimp, but it only got past the second, so the emperor made it look like a miniature dragon.Lastly the carp tried, and it got past all three,
so the emperor transformed it into a dragon.Because of this, dragons symbolize success and wealth, and education in Vietnam is compared to the three gates.—
An informant is a Vietnamese American and a member of USC VSA, and grew up learning about Vietnamese culture.The carp’s transformation into a dragon is a common motif in Asian mythologies,
with slight variations in each culture’s telling. It is also interesting to note that this myth has parallels to social function. read more at http://folklore.usc.edu/?p=24900