Origin of kites

According to this website, the exact date and origin of the kite is not known but it is believed that they were flown in China more than two thousand years ago. One legend suggests that when a Chinese farmer tied a string to his hat to keep it from blowing away in a strong wind, the first kite was born.

The earliest written account of kite flying was about 200 B.C. when the Chinese General Han Hsin of the Han Dynasty flew a kite over the walls of a city he was attacking to measure how far his army would have to tunnel to reach past the defenses. Knowing this distance his troops reached the inside of the city, surprised their enemy, and were victorious.

There are 3 legends for the origin. According to this website, these are:

  • Legend of Bamboo Hat and Leaf – It is said that a sudden violent wind blew his hat away while a farmer was working in the field. He rushed and chased after it. He caught the string of the hat, which is used to fasten it on the head. The hat was flying in the wind with the string in the farmer’s hand. He felt it’s so interesting that he did it for fun later. Afterwards, it evolved into the kite today.
  • Legend of Sailing Ship and Tent – From the principle of sails drawing support from wind, kites were made. It’s also said that kite originates from the northern China in which people used to live. People made kites by imitating the tents flying in the sky, which happened when there was heavy wind. After that, it became a kind of amusement.
  • Legend  of birds – An outstanding characteristic of the ancient kites, in term of framework, shape and techniques on making and drawing, was based on the shape of bird, which is generalized according to the history recordation. Therefore, we can draw a conclusion that the first invention of kite was inspired by birds.

2 Responses to “Origin of kites”

  1. 1 Suvid
    September 24, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Very interesting read.. 🙂
    Brilliant concept for a blog..

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