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The Song and Dance of the
Victorious Archers of Wangdue Phodrang - rare video footage
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Bhutanese Archery Range, Paro
|A Bhutanese archery range can be as much as 150m in length
making just hitting the target, let alone the centre of it, a cause for
celebration (see video!). Accuracy is not the only skill required -
verbally insulting, prodding and pulling the nose etc. of your opponent ,
while he is trying to shoot, is all perfectly permissible. Such tactics
were not apparently appreciated, or at all understood, when Bhutanese
archers first appeared at the Olympics. As with snooker, alcohol is
considered an important adjunct of the sport and on the right of the
picture above is a bar conveniently placed for the archers as they regularly
change ends. The old bamboo bows may now have been replaced by elaborate
carbon bows from the USA but the importance of archery at the centre of
Bhutanese life has not diminished. Like Sumo in Japan, Bhutan's national
sport also has strong connections with religion and is as much a mental as
a physical discipline.