Why Team Red Dragon?



The red dragon is a significant force in Welsh history and culture.  The Welsh Dragon (Welsh: Y Ddraig Goch, meaning the red dragon, pronounced [ə ˈðraiɡ ˈɡoːχ]) appears on the national flag of Wales. ... The red dragon is often seen as symbolising all things Welsh, and is used by many public and private institutions.

Legend tells of Vortigern – a Celtic King, who was looking for a spot to build a castle. Though Vortigern quite liked the look of Dinas Emrys, he encountered mystical goings on when he tried to build his fortress.  He was advised to sacrifice a young boy (who turned out to be Merlin), who then warned him that his chosen site for a castle was above an underground lake where two dragons lay sleeping.

Vortigen’s men dug down and sure enough, found two dragons (one red, one white) who started to fight fiercely.  The red dragon triumphed and was said to represent Vortigen’s people and (according to Geoffrey of Monmouth) – was a prophecy of the coming of King Arthur, whose father’s name ‘Uther Pendragon’ translates as ‘Dragon’s Head.’

The oldest recorded use of the dragon to symbolise Wales is in the Historia Brittonum, written around AD 829, but it is popularly supposed to have been the battle standard of King Arthur and other ancient Celtic leaders.

For Michael and his crew, the red dragon will be a source of strength in preparation for, and during RAAM. Like the legend itself, the Red Dragon will triumph and prevail!