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waw kwai (ว่าวควาย)

Thai. ‘Buffalo kite’. Name a kind of kite that originates from southern Thailand, where kite flying is practiced after the harvesting season. Since water buffaloes or carabao are used for ploughing the fields and rice paddies (fig.) and in the past often to process the yielded rice crop too, by trampling on the rice beneath their hooves, farmers would fly flew buffalo kites for recreation, thus reflecting the close relationship of the farmers with the buffaloes. The upper section of this kite looks somewhat like the male chula kite (fig.), while the lower section resembles the head of a water buffalo (fig.). See also waw and kwai.