Dragon turtle

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A statue of dragon turtle in China

A dragon turtle (Lóngguī) is a legendary Chinese creature that combines two of the four celestial animals of Chinese mythology: the body of a turtle with a dragon's head is promoted as a positive ornament in Feng Shui,[1][2] symbolizing courage, determination, fertility, longevity, power, success, and support. Decorative carvings or statuettes of the creature are traditionally placed facing the window.

Mapmakers sometimes drew dragon turtles along with other fantastical creatures in unexplored areas.[citation needed]

Dragon turtles appear in some editions of the tabletop roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons. A dragon turtle appears in the 1983 Dungeons & Dragons cartoon episode, "The Garden of Zinn", its poisonous bite setting up the events of the episode. These creatures have a dragon body and turtle shell, with some types having flippers.

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  1. ^ William O'Connor (2013). Dracopedia The Bestiary: An Artist's Guide to Creating Mythical Creatures. Penguin. Page [1]
  2. ^ Tchi, Rodika (2 November 2019). "The Dragon Turtle in Feng Shui Practice". The Spruce. Dotdash. Retrieved 9 October 2019.