A Conversation for Robin Hood

The bow and arrow picture

Post 1

SchrEck Inc.

Well I am not sure, but the depicted bow is in my humble opinion no european let alone medieval weapon. I would think that this is a bow that zen monks would use for their concentration exercises. Anyone an opinion about that? - Posting just for nitpicking purposes smiley - winkeye -


The bow and arrow picture

Post 2

Sho - unemployed again - Thanks Covid-19

Oh no. Looks pretty much like a longbow to me (not an expert - but my Mum is and I bet she's lurking around there somewhere: Come on out and show yourself!!)
The Europeans made good use of the Longbows - especially in 1066 and Agincourt. (even though we Brits didn't do sooooo well in 1066)


The bow and arrow picture

Post 3

Cynthia

I confess. It was I who did the offending picture. We certainly can't pull the wool over your eyes can we? Back to the drawing board then smiley - winkeye It's just as well that the h2g2 researchers and readers are such a bright bunch. I don't mind you pointing it out at all and at least you were gentle about it smiley - smiley

I've been looking into traditional Japanese and Chinese culture lately and couldn't resist doing an image which I hoped could be used elsewhere on the site too. I wasn't that comfortable about it I admit, but I bit my lip and went ahead. Well done for being so quick to spot the error, I shall do a suitable picture at my next free moment. If you have any useful ideas for an image in the meantime, I'm all ears open.

How did you know what kind of bow it was by the way?

Cynthia


The bow and arrow picture

Post 4

SchrEck Inc.

Hi Cynthia,

thanks for your quick response! Don't mind changing the picture though, I wouldn't think it's overly important to have the right kind of bow in that picture.

To your question: Some time ago, I read an article in a magazine about zen monks and noticed that they had real weird bows, so to say. I couldn't imagine that one could give good shots with them, since the upper side is so much longer as the lower one.

Greetings,
SchrEck Inc.


The bow and arrow picture

Post 5

Cynthia

This style of bow is used in Kyudo archery, Japan. There's a page explaining Kyodo at http://www.kyudo.org.uk/back.html

smiley - winkeye Cynthia


The bow and arrow picture

Post 6

SchrEck Inc.

Thanks for your reply - very interesting link. The thing about becoming one with the target what is more or less that what I read in the article I mentioned.


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