Monday, February 16, 2009

Scapa Diabolice Evolutia


The dragonfly’s name comes from an ancient Romanian folktale. The Devil turned a beautiful horse ridden by St. George into a giant, flying insect called the “Devil’s Horse”. Peasants viewed the Devil’s Horse as a giant fly and started referring to it as the “Devil’s Fly”. The Romanian word for devil was “drac”, which was also the word for dragon. Devil’s Fly was erroneously translated to the English Dragon Fly which evolved into “Dragonfly”.

4 comments:

jN said...

That's one very interesting view on devil's needle.
Dragonflies also symbolise transformation and life's ever-constant process of change. Japanese says they are symbols of courage, strength, and happiness.

Han said...

Yes, I like the Japanese version of dragonfly folklore. Japan was also known as Akitsushima or "The Land of the Dragonflies". I saw the Romanian version somewhere and had to post it up. I remember you have a soft-spot for dragonflies, your blog's namesake :)

yuin said...

LOL. didnt know i am dating the devil's ride...lol

Han said...

Now you know...consorting with devils is heresy! Unless you're an Man U fan, LOL! So, you have been damned for eternity! Unless the Devils win a quintuplets this season, you will be sentenced to walk thru the 7 Gates of Hell in eternal damnation, hehe!