lil gremlin on Mar 11 2009, 05:08 PM, said:
What other anthropomorphic gods did he point to that had their origins in serpentine creatures?
Sure Grem, we can do Chinese dragons next, but I can guarantee you will fail even more miserably there.
But back to the subject at hand, Zeus is clearly more serpent/drakon than other animals because it is THIS form that is used when he mates with other gods, and THIS form that is used when he fights other gods. This actually suggests this would be his original lform then,(reptilian) though over the centuries, and as man became more confident of his place in the world, the old dragon gods became anthropomorphised. We see this with great Ushumgal serpent dragons of Sumeria, and legends suggesting that Quetzalcoatl would "return" in human form. Many Chinese legends state their dragons could assume human form as well.
And while serpent imagery was mentioned, we also find in Greek culture people worshipping Ketos, as both a sea dragon and a goddess. Both things you denied before the evidence was presented. That alone has caused you to "lose" this aspect of the debate, for Ketos is most often depicted as a long necked, often winged and claw footed, reptilian creature often referred to as a dragon. My point would have been made if Ketos was nothing more than a monster, like the dragons of the Germanics, but in fact she is considered both a goddess and a long necked, winged, claw footed 'dragon' by the Greeks, though you are correct that all greeks did not worship her, though here lineage (according to her godly parentage makes her a goddess even if she had a dragon form. Now I am not saying these thing are to be taken literally, save for the fact that the 'greeks' believed the Ketos dragons were very real, and it is not surprising then we would find some accounts of such an awesome beast being worshipped by Greeks, just as they were by most other advanced civilization of antiquity.
I frankly can't see how anyone could say you "won" this debate in light of the documented worship of the Ketos dragon by certain Greeks. This blows your entire argument out of the water.