Aesthetics of The Eastern Archery

In the Western cultures, what would be reminded first if imagine bow and arrow. Perhaps Cupid’s arrow would be one of the most romantic imagination of the bow and arrow.

As described by Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1590s), 

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
Nor hath love’s mind of any judgement taste;
Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste.
And therefore is love said to be a child
Because in choice he is so oft beguiled.

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The Reunion of Cupid and Psyche, Jean Pierre Saint-Ours (Switzerland, Geneva 1752-1809)
Although, in human’s war and weapon history, bow was defeated by the Western gunpowder’s attack, however it is still regarded as magnetic weapon for some elements. It is the most widely used weapon before the gun emerged. Traditionally, in the Eastern, bow was important as a combat weapon even after the spread of gunpowder weapons due to its emphasis on archery. It has the advantage of being able to compensate for defects in gunpowder weapons. Archery was also considered as a means of fostering virtue.

The advantages of bow are as follows.

1) Silence: Nobody can catch the movement and the sound.

2) Shoot enemies from a long range

3) Different attributes can be used depending on enemy’s characters

TeRra Han


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