If you think of kites as a whimsical children’s-only activity, you are missing out!
Not only does the flight of a kite express our innocence, but it also offers a sign of hope and freedom for creativity and dreams to soar!-Anonymous Kite Enthusiast
Have you ever wondered, “Why should I care about kites?” If so, here’s your answer!
The Symbolism of the Kite
Kite enthusiasts enjoy much more than a flight while launching their kite to the skies. They appreciate the rising symbolism of hope for humanity and spiritual freedom from cares and worries. Kite enthusiasts honor that the kite represents much more than a family activity.
Kite symbolism can be whatever you want it to be. Here are a few examples of kites and their symbolism:
- “The image of a kite coming into your thoughts mean that you are feeling constricted by something and you want to free yourself.”
- “Chinese kites usually represent mythological characters, symbolic creatures, as well as legendary figures. Some have whistles or strings designed to make unique sounds while flying.”
- “It’s thought that kites were first introduced into Japan by Buddhist missionaries who travelled from China in the Nara period (649-794 AD) and were mainly used in religious and thanks giving ceremonies.”
Kites Serve Many Purposes
While the origination of the kite is unknown, the first historical records of kite’s existing depicted them as being used in religious and spiritual practices. After the kite was brought from Buddhist missionaries to Japan, the Japanese started finding more practical purposes for them. One example of how kites were used in Japanese history was in the construction of many shrines and temples. Large kites were used to lift building materials up to workers on higher levels and roofs. Brilliant!
Here are some other ways that we see kites serving many purposes:
- “Kites have been used for human flight, military applications, science and meteorology, photography, lifting radio antennas, generating power, aerodynamics experiments, and much more!”
- “Men like Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Wilson used their knowledge of kite flying to learn more about the wind and weather.”
- “Kites are an essential part of kitesurfing, where the surfer hangs onto the kite line connected to a high traction kite, while standing on a surfboard in a body of water.”