Kite Cultures

India

As in many Asian and Middle Eastern countries, India has an ancient kite fighting tradition. The traditional kite,...
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Indonesia

A country with one of the richest kite heritages in the world, Indonesia boasts the leaf kites of Sulawesi, the...
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Japan

For more than a thousand years, the Japanese have built and flown a surprising variety...
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Korea

The rectangular Korean fighter, with a hole centered in its sail, is unique in the world’s fighting kite landscape. It is flown with the...
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Laos

The country of Laos, officially the...
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Malaysia

Layang-layang...
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Mexico

Mexico has a strong artistic heritage so it is natural that kites would be found throughout the country, even though basic kite making materials...
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New Zealand

Indigenous Maoris flew kites for ceremonial reasons believing that manu, bird-shaped kites were...
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Pakistan

With kite traditions much like those of India, the kite mania of Pakistanis has been a frequent subject of government crackdown. Use of glass-...
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Philippines

The guryon, a fighting kite of the Philippines, is made with protruding spikes that cut and tear the...
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“However it originated, the kite rapidlyaquired religious, magical, and ceremonial significance in many of those parts of the world to which it spread. In at least some civilizations, including the Polynesian, kites seem have had some function as symbols of an external soul.” - Clive Hart, Kites an Historical Survey