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  • #38157


    I was reading about Pakistan banning kite flying because of deaths attributed to the use of glass coated string. Just curious, is there any historical link between Brasilian and Pakistan kite flying? Until reading about the ban in Pakistan, I thought only Brasil had the tradition of using glass coated string to cut opponents’ lines.

  • #38163


    It’s certainly not just in Brazil, I’ve heard of it in other kite competitions. I heard that it was a problem for moped riders here in SP, as glass coated string stretched across a road isn’t great for keeping your head on. Whether this is just a myth though I don’t know…

  • #38173


    Unfortunately, I was witness (a little after the fact) to the result of a glass coated kite line in São Jose dos Campos. A “motoboy” was decapitated by one. If anyone sees a person flying a kite with gloves on, please call the policia militar immediately! (Same with incendiary baloons). Obrigado, Bill

  • #38211


    Is use of the glass coated string illegal in SP? I took a few photos of youths flying/battling kites with glass coated strings just outside the PM compound in Grajaú with many uniformed PM coming and going. I was amazed to see one youngster coating string with ground glass using his bare hands. Apparently, if there is a prohibition on using glass coated string, it’s not enforced.

  • #38218


    “Apparently, if there is a prohibition on using glass coated string, it’s not enforced.” Par for the course wouldn’t you say!

  • #38219

    I could see how those coated lines could cause some nasty injuries in some unusual circumstances, but actual decapitation?! I guess enough glass pieces in a strong nylon line could be pretty friggin lethal…

  • #38223


    Here’s the story about the Pakistan kite ban. Arrests in Pakistan kite crackdown It mentions that 7 people had been killed by the glass coated string in the run-up to the annual Basant festival. I have spent some time in various countries around the globe, including Pakistan, but I missed seeing people engaging in kite combat. Until visiting Brasil, I was unaware of the practice of coating kite string with glass. Is this “sport” commonplace in other countries besides Brasil and Pakistan? When I first saw the story about the ban in Pakistan I thought there was a Brasil-Pakistan kite flying enthusiasts link.

  • #38224


    Not sure if “kite Combat” is the right term. Growing up in Brazil, I had many friends who would coat their kite strings with glass, climb up their house roofs and fly their kites. Back then, the fun was to simply fly the kite. The kicker was to spot another kite and try to cut it and retrieve it. Some kids would keep count and even show their “winnings” for some good laughs. I was never a kite person, but my nighborhood was filled with kite flyers. Amazingly enough, I was never aware of any incidents, besides the usual disapointment when somebody lost a good kite that took hours to built… The only injury concern I remember was to avoid the countless wires from the light posts. Again, that was easily remediated by climbing up on the roofs…

  • #38225


    As a kid, I enjoyed trying to fly kites. In my day, kite kits were sold for about $0.25 with thin paper and balsa wood. I’d guess at least 80-90% of my kites were “eaten” by trees after brief flights. We didn’t have any competitions trying to down other kites. We had enough trouble trying to get our kites airborne and away from trees. Curse those kite eating giant perennial woody plants.

  • #38235

    jen passos

    I grew up in middle-class areas of São Paulo and when kite-flying season came around we kids on the street whittled long delicate bamboo rods which we tied with “linha dez”, traipsed to the papelaria with whatever coins we managed to scrimp and bought ourselves colored sheets of “papel de seda”. The whole enchantment of it was to make beautiful colored patterns and luschious kite tails (strips of “seda” tied with thread), but of course it all had to fly well. The boys were enthralled with making “cerol”, the combination of glue and ground glass which is indeed outlawed today. Yes, decapitation of motorcyclists has happened too many times.

  • #41349


    Hye you guys, i think you need to be careful where exactly you go fly these kites.. they are soemtimes used as a sign for drugs here.

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