Top Three Ancient Civilizations that mastered the Art of Archery

I think I’ve already stressed enough the pure destructive power of the bow and arrow. Since time immemorial, the bow and arrow have managed to claim more human lives in any battlefield across all four corners of the globe when compared against the chosen weapon of kings, which is the sword. And speaking of battles and kings, ancient tribes and civilizations from long ago have used the bow and arrow too, but there are only a few that really managed to use and develop this deadly projectile weapon to its full capacity.

For today, we are going to talk about the top three ancient civilizations who truly mastered the art of archery in the field of battle. While there were a lot of tribes back then that also contributed to the efficiency of archery in warfare, these three civilizations were notable because history always favors those who won spectacular battles.

The Egyptians – The Egyptians started using the bow and arrow as tools of hunting and for war around 5,000 years ago. Archery was already an established custom among the Pharaohs and there are records of the old kings of Egypt engaging in elaborate hunting parties. The Egyptians were also among the first to start teaching archery to common soldiers. Thus, they were the among the first to wield battalions of efficient archers during every major battle.

The Chinese – When it comes to archery, the old Chinese emperors were really big fans. In ancient Chinese culture and philosophy, archery became one of the Six Noble Arts of the Zhou Dynasty. Thus, only the Chinese emperors can practice archery and the common folk were forbidden from learning how to use a bow. Anyone with enough skill are either drafted into the army or were executed if they disobeyed! Even the great Confucius was also an excellent archer, along with many other great warriors and scholars.

The Chinese also perfected another form of the bow and arrow, which is the crossbow. The Chu-Ko-Noh became an indispensable weapon for hundreds of years both in the East and the West. Travelers coming from Europe would visit or make contact with prominent Chinese generals and they shared the construction plans for the crossbow. The crossbow would later change Medieval warfare, as European countries during the Dark Ages would use and train crossbow-wielding soldiers to fight for them.

The British – The Battle of Agincourt in 1415 was a clear testament of the raw destructive power of the bow and arrow. The British King, Henry V, would field the English longbow for the first time against thousands of heavy French cavalry in this battle. It was said that the English soldiers were already sick and hungry after marching for days and the only reason why they managed to survive and win against the larger French army is because of the powerful arrows that came from the English longbows.

Even to this day, the principles behind the English longbow are still used by professional archers from all over the world.

Bet You Didn’t Know: 10 Facts About Archery

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Whether you are a beginner or you have more years of experience in Archery, there are probably still some things that you do not know about this hunting style turned sport.

With the sudden comeback of archery from being almost forgotten, it is but fair to continue refreshing the minds of interested people about how Archery came into existence.

Hence, here are ten things about archery that most people might have missed out knowing about it.

1. The cutting edge Olympic recurve bow may look very techie and futuristic. However it is really taken after a bow that began existing for more than 3500 years ago (1500 BC)!

2. A bowman or archer is also called a toxophilite. People rarely use this term to identify archers because many do not know that this actually is a Greek word that means “lover of bows”

3. Amid the Middle Ages, a gifted long-bowman could discharge between 10-12 bolts in a minute. That means he draws an arrow every five to six seconds!

4. Archery is the national game of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

5. To get inside of the ‘gold ring’, Olympic toxophilite must have the capacity to hit an objective the size of a mug coaster from a distance of seven bus lengths!

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6. Five-time US Olympic archery champion Khatuna Lorig prepared Jennifer Lawrence for the Hunger Games movies. However, J.Law is not the only Hollywood star capable of  handling a bow and arrow. Apparently, Geena Davis from the show Thelma and Louise, passed up a great opportunity for making the US Olympic bows and arrows group in 2000, setting 24th out of 300!

7. Toxophilism or Archery, was the main game that ladies could tune in, when they were initially permitted to contend in the 1904 St. Louis Olympics.

8. South Korea has (in this way) won the most gold medals in Olympic archery with a great pull of 19.

9. One of England’s most noteworthy triumphs was a direct result of the aptitude of its long-bowmen. Amid the Battle of Crecy in 1346, they murdered right around 2000 French knights and officers. The English lost only 50 men.

10. At different times in Britain’s history, rulers have banned any semblance of football, bowls and, even golf, on the grounds that men were playing these games instead of honing archery skills in their extra time. Truth be told, amid the rule of Henry VIII, each man in the nation needed to “Practice at the Butts” after going to mass on Sundays to sharpen their bows and arrows skills.

There are more fun things about archery that are not yet known by many, and these are just some of those.

If you plan to take on this sport, you have learn everything there is to learn about it. This can help you get a holistic grasp of the sport and make people appreciate it all the more.