kaan ying thanoo (การยิงธนู)
Archery is one of the main skills that kings and warriors of the
past had to master, both as a weapon in combat and for hunting. In
Indian tradition, where it is known as dhanurveda, which literally
of the bow (dhanu)’,
chief among the Twelve Arts, a
number of skills in which warriors and princes had to prove
archery dates back to the Shang Dynasty and
historical Chinese warriors are
often depicted carrying a bow
in a special adorned sheath (fig.) hanging from their belt (fig.).
The subsequent Zhou Dynasty saw contests of
archery being held in the presence of nobility, similar to the
tradition organized by the Indian
it is a weapon associated with several deities, including
(in Thai called
Bharata, and in Chinese
mythology, it is the weapon of both the immortal Houyi, the god of
archery and husband of the lunar deity
and Zhou Tong the Archer.
Today archery is an official sport
(fig.) at the
SEA Games (fig.)
and the Asian Games, as well as a discipline at the International Olympic Games. Also transcribed gahn ying thanu and kahn ying dhanu.
Narai plaeng son.
Institute of Physical