The Book of Daniel
On the other hand, Eberhart's Mysterious Creatures has this entry early on in its listing:
AfaUnknown LIZARD of the Middle East.Etymology: Madan (Marsh Arab) word.Physical description: Large lizard.Distribution: Marshes at the mouth of theTigris River, Iraq.Possible explanation: An undescribed speciesof Monitor lizard (Family Varanidae), large carnivorousreptiles that live in tropical areas.Source: Wilfred Thesiger, The Marsh Arabs(New York: Dutton, 1964), p. 115.
And that would be the same as the Persian Dragon (Sometimes called Adhi or Azhi; Ahi being a dragon name used in legends pertaining to the former Indus River in ancient times)
The large Komodo dragon lizard (Similar in appearance)
is indeed large enough to hunt, kill and eat deer
Strange Serpents and Dragons
|The Travels of
Marco Polo in China date to the early 1290s. He was the first Western traveler
to write about the various provinces of Burma (Mien) in what is present-day
China. Marco Polo returned to Venice in 1295 and his famous journals started
circulating in Europe by 1298. |
The following was translated by W. Marsden in 1818 and re-edited by Thomas Wright in 1854. A complete copy of this translation of “The Travels of Marco Polo, The Venetian” is housed at the British Library.