|About the Book|
Eight Treasures presents eight stories involving the most famous and perhaps most powerful and ubiquitous of all the mythical creatures. From the Far East to Europe and all the way to the jungles of Central America, the dragon has been part of indigenous lore for a very long time.Among Dutta-Yeans eight draconian treasures is a frosty green pearl, sought by an earnest young adventurer looking to save his village from a meteor-induced drought- an enchanted water barrel used by a regal dragon couple seeking revenge for the loss of their home- a dragons secret name, gifted to the monastery acolyte who saved its life- a dragons egg that dooms a man to a life as a scaly leviathan, and the possible corpse of another dragon whose curse snares the mans son.Also in the book is the reinterpreted tale of Nyi Roro Kidul, a princess who became the spiritual Queen of the Southern Sea of Java. The Samudra Beach Hotel at Pelabuhan Ratu (Queens Harbour) in Java was said to have been built near the site where she threw herself into the sea in an attempt to rid herself of a horrible curse. She is usually depicted as a smoking hot woman in green (her favourite colour), sometimes with a dragons tail - not unlike the dracaena in Greek mythology.