History and development of kites. Explains the uses in the past and present.

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It is believed that kites first started in China approximately thirty centuries ago. To make their kites, they used materials such as bamboo and silk. Japan and a few other Asian countries learned the idea of kites from China where it had been invented. It is also believed that these Asian countries used the kites for special purposes such as religious festivals and ceremonies. The Asians believed that the kites were special and could promise good crops and scare off evil such as demons and unwanted spirits. The idea of the kite then traveled to Europe where it was used then as a children's toy. As the years went by, they were most commonly used as children's toys and spare time activities.

China was fascinated with kites as they came to great use to them. They used kites to send signals to their troops from a distance. It is believed that they used them as parachutes as well to carry troops, as they would shoot bows at enemies during war.

About ten centuries later, paper was invented and kite flying became a pastime activity. Kites then were designed to show symbolic meanings such as luck, love, harmony, and power. A while later, kites were oddly and unexpectedly banned. The reason for this action was because these flying objects seemed to distract shoemakers and labor workers.

Japan is thought to be the first place that China introduced kites to. Its said that Chinese Buddhist missionaries that traveled from China. In Japan, they started out as a use for creating shrines and carrying objects to the top of tall buildings. The people of Japan created about one hundred thirty styles and types of kites. Japanese kite designs were from characters from famous stories of the time, mythology, religious symbols, and symbols...