Was steht hinter dem Ausdruck "here be dragons"?

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"Here be Dragons" was a phrase frequently used in the 1700s and earlier by cartographers (map makers) on faraway, uncharted corners of the map. It was meant to warn people away from dangerous areas where sea monsters were believed to exist. 

It's now used metaphorically to warn people away from unexplored areas or untried actions. There are no actual dragons, but it is still dangerous. - http://english.stackexchange.com

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