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North, Central, & South American Dragons
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The American Continents - North, Central, and South - are host to a variety of dragon-related deities. Most are serpents, some are feathered, and others are just stories. "Coatl" in Nahoatl (a Central American language) means "Serpent". Some, like the Aztecan Xiuhtecuhtli, is a god that occasionally manifests as a dragon.

Some Mexican Cryptozologists researching the Mayan ruins of Tajin, Veracruz, claim that the ancient gods bear a striking resemblance to the Pterosaurs dinosaur. The ruins date from 1,000 to 5,000 years old.

Power of the Mayan dragons were kept in blue and green stones that were then used in sceptres.

Especially with the South American versions, both male and females had a human head on a plumed serpent's body. The males also had a crown of antlers.

Incans would immerse themselves up the neck in water to scare sun-eating dragons away.

There is a famous earthwork artpiece from before memory that shows a serpent eating an egg in southern Ohio.

The Tarahumaras Tribe in Mexico believe that all water contains serpents that require food offerings.

Basutos fear waterfalls at Ketane and Maletsunyane Rivers because a huge serpent lives in the pool's depths.

"Compare the Navaho myth of the twin sons of Changing Woman who challenge their father, the sun,. When they pass the test, Sun arms them and sends them out to slay dragons and seek knowledge for the Navaho people." Source: "'Manabozho': A Native American resurrection myth."

The great serpent and dragon were grandfathers of the N. Iroquois and Central Algonquian Indians.

"The Plains Indians have a myth of the dragon husband of Old Woman (the Moon), who is slain by the son of the sun god." Myths, Legends, and Folktales of America: An Anthology pg 75.

Dragon kites appear in white (purity) and blue (compassion).

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