Social Order

The Dragon Empire is ruled by Dragon Kings. The Celestial King keeps the sky from falling; the Spiritual King is in charge of wind and rain; the Earth King I rivers and streams, and the King of Hidden Treasures guards the underground. Five Dragon Kings rule the oceans, dividing their territories into East, West North, South, and Central Seas. Cabinet ministers, department heads, and minor officials help run a well-organized dragon government.

Because people know about this government, they can write prayers addressed to the proper officials. For example, they may write to the Dragon Minister of the Department of Sweet Waters asking for cleaner wells; or may address the King of the Eastern Seas, begging for a calmer ocean. Whenever a dragon is out of sorts, housekeepers hang yellow papers with images of the offended dragon outside their homes.