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visitheworld:

View from the top of the tower of Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge, Japan (by tioguerra).

visitheworld:

View from the top of the tower of Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge, Japan (by tioguerra).

Hopkinson Smith : Chaconne de Bach (1988), on lute

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The History of Archery, by Edmund H Burke, 1958

The History of Archery, by Edmund H Burke, 1958

abystle:

Lamech and Cain, Lucas van Leyden, 1524.

abystle:

Lamech and Cain, Lucas van Leyden, 1524.

scultore-blog:

Ashurbanipal II.

scultore-blog:

Ashurbanipal II.

Training Welsh Archers, from the Luttrell Psalter, 1325

Training Welsh Archers, from the Luttrell Psalter, 1325

vintagesevensisters:

Wellesley archers, 1910s
(Wellesley College Archives)

vintagesevensisters:

Wellesley archers, 1910s

(Wellesley College Archives)

tales-of-the-night-whisperer:

Original

tales-of-the-night-whisperer:

Original

336bc:

The Amazons
In Greek mythology, the Amazons were an all-female race of warriors who lived in Scythian lands near the eastern shores of the Black Sea.  They are first mentioned in The Iliad, c.750 BC.   While no free males were allowed in Amazon territory, the Amazons would become impregnated either from visits to neighboring tribes or from relations with their male slaves.  The male offspring that resulted from these unions were killed.  The dedication of the Amazon warriors was demonstrated in their cutting off or cauterizing of the right breast, in order to remove that impediment to effective archery.
The origin of this legend is uncertain, but may lie in the practice of defending towns with a trained female home guard while the men were away on military campaign.  If the campaign went poorly for the men, there was your town of female warriors sans men.

336bc:

The Amazons

In Greek mythology, the Amazons were an all-female race of warriors who lived in Scythian lands near the eastern shores of the Black Sea.  They are first mentioned in The Iliad, c.750 BC.   While no free males were allowed in Amazon territory, the Amazons would become impregnated either from visits to neighboring tribes or from relations with their male slaves.  The male offspring that resulted from these unions were killed.  The dedication of the Amazon warriors was demonstrated in their cutting off or cauterizing of the right breast, in order to remove that impediment to effective archery.


The origin of this legend is uncertain, but may lie in the practice of defending towns with a trained female home guard while the men were away on military campaign.  If the campaign went poorly for the men, there was your town of female warriors sans men.

void-dance:

Which arrow flies for ever? The arrow that has hit its mark. - Vladimir Nabokov, A Russian Beauty

void-dance:

Which arrow flies for ever? The arrow that has hit its mark. - Vladimir Nabokov, A Russian Beauty

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Devana by Andrey Shishkin
Devana = Diana = Artemis

Devana by Andrey Shishkin

Devana = Diana = Artemis

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peashooter85:

A Terrible Sting —-The Nest of Bees

One of the first gunpowder weapons in history, the “nest of bees” was popular during the Ming Dynasty of China (1368–1644).  Unlike larger cannon and rockets, the nest of bees were man portable and easy to use by the common infantryman. The weapon consisted of a tapered rocket pack made from bamboo or wood which held 32 rocket propelled arrows which were fired simultaneously.  To use the infantryman only had to light the fuze and aim the battery at the enemy.  Because the arrows were rocket propelled they generally had greater range and power compared to traditional archery.  The nest of bees also had an economical advantage since it could take a great deal of time to train proficient archers, whereas the nest of bees could be used with anyone who had enough skill to light a fuze.  The nest of bees lacked the accuracy of traditional archers, but accuracy was not the point.  Typically the weapons were deployed by the hundreds, showering the enemy with volleys of arrows like a deadly swarms of bees. 

thekimonogallery:

Both men and women participate in a horseback archery ritual called ‘yabusame’.  It is almost exclusively considered a religious rite; in addition to the aspect of offering involved, the archers’ performance is used as a means of divination for the year’s harvest.

Japan

thekimonogallery:

Both men and women participate in a horseback archery ritual called ‘yabusame’.  It is almost exclusively considered a religious rite; in addition to the aspect of offering involved, the archers’ performance is used as a means of divination for the year’s harvest.

Japan

(Source: kamiizumi)

allmesopotamia:

Babylonian Boundary Stone
By plingthepenguin, on Flickr
[British Museum]

allmesopotamia:

Babylonian Boundary Stone

By plingthepenguin, on Flickr

[British Museum]

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