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History of Kite Running
Transcript of History of Kite Running
-done by two people.
One person-the “Charka Gir” holds the wooden spool around which the string is wound.
second person-the “Gudiparan Baz” or kite flyer, controls the movement of the kite in the air.
Each neighborhood owns his own “sharti”, or kite-fighting champion. To win you must not only be the owner of the last soaring kite, but also the one who brings home the last fallen kite which bring great honor. - sharp strings and blades flying in the air has led to many injuries and in some cases, deaths.
-Because of the danger: many countries have made bans on materials, location, and times of the year these games have taken place.
-Pakistan has banned kite running all together because of the coatings around the strings that would deeply cut through skin.
Other dangers include:
-when people run around, they tend to forget obstacles and can run into other peoples’ strings causing deep cuts. -Children are also a reason for the banishment of Kite Running, as they often get so concentrated on the game that they do not pay attention and run in the middle of the road, which can result in accidents, injuries, or death. During the Taliban Rule, Kite Running was banned as it was considered to be an Un-Islamic Pastime. This angered many Afghans who saw Kite Running as a national obsession and the created a loss of customers for Kite makers. If you flew a kite, the Taliban would beat you, would break the spool and tear the kite up. If the Taliban knew of someone who sold kites, they would come and destroy the kites, spools, and other materials, and ask who the owner was and imprison both the maker and the flyer. Most people consider Kite Running an adventure. The thrill of chasing a kite is not knowing where it will land or the obstacle you will need to undergo to get the kite. The kite runner does not know how far he will have to chase the kite, or where it will land. Many Kite runners bet on who will catch the kite, and carry it proudly and are praised by all. Did You Know? Kites were first invented in China because many of the materials used for kite building were present there.
-silk fabric for sailing
- high-tensile-strength silk for the flying line
- bamboo for a strong, and light framework.
Fighter kites: light-weight, single-lined kites designed for quick maneuverability. The strings are covered with glass splinters and other scratchy constituents in order to cut the string of your opponents’ kite. Kites price ranged from 2000 afghanis, just a few cents (which were mainly for kids), to 100000 afghanis, less than 2 dollars (mainly for the most experienced flyers). Winter is one of the most popular time for kite running in Afghanistan, because it provides them with stronger winds, and more children to participate as schools are closed because of the cold weather. More Info About kites for kite running Symbolic Significance of Kites:In Afghanistan, where kite flying is a popular passion, they also symbolize national pride, history, independence, personal pride, and religion. Kite Running's Diversity:In Japan, kite runners use very large kites and runners work in teams. Korean kites have a different shape and a large spool for kite fighting. In Haiti and other Caribbean countries, kite strings aren't sharp like the ones used in Asia. Instead, the kite tails are sharpened and not the strings. The United States doesn't have a special kite running tradition, but it is still played throughout the country. Where it's Played?Kite running mostly popular and played in Asian countries. The history of kite-running shows that it was mostly played in Afghanistan, where kite running has been a tradition for centuries. Sources: