One of the oldest and most elegant weapons known to man is the bow and arrow. It has been used for hunting, self-defense, and warfare for thousands of years, and over the course of the last several decades, this simple killing machine has started to appear on peoples bodies.
Bows and arrows are believed to date back more than 25,000 years ago. The oldest written record of their use comes from Babylonia and ancient arrowheads have been discovered in other parts of the world, like Africa, parts of Europe, and elsewhere. Though bows and arrows have been replaced by modern weaponry in most combat situations today, archery still lives on in both hunting and sport.
Besides being versatile weapons that have been with humanity for a very long time, bows and arrows have been used metaphorically in all sorts of art forms. In ancient Greek society, for instance, there are numerous bow-wielding figures, like Artemis, cupid, Hercules, Medusa, and Orion. Other divine figures from other cultures, such as Hinduism, Chinese mythology, and more. Because of the rich artistic lineage behind them, bows and arrows can embody numerous meanings: emblems of death and life, depending who's one the receiving end, an instrument of eros, and more.
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