Dragon Boat Race


Ross Rogers, Jr. has sent me an article on the Chinese dragon boat race, which began as a religious.ceremony: "Sacrifices, sometimes human, were involved in this ritual, and it remains a violent clash as the members of the competing crews throw stones and strike each other with cane sticks". There are plans to make this an international sport. Given the human tendency for violence. it should be a great success. Count me out.

From Thailand, Steve Torok writes: The messageabout dragon boat races is misleading for four reasons:
1. they originated from a legend of a race long ago on a lake where the competitors had special food packed for them.
2. this special food, "bao-tzu" or "bao-chi" is still very much part of the annual dragon boat festival: it is rice with pork and boiled eggs and various seeds wrapped in palm-leaf, tied at the top with some read or string, so that it can be carried for a nutriyious meal, to keep the crews strong.
3. to make the sport international would get rid of the bamboo sticks and stones, under international rules, and would render the competition much like the long boat races on the Baram in Borneo, that the Raja Brooks substituted for head-hunting parties!
4. I am all for having martial arts (Thai Boxing, Aikido, etc.) at international competitions with established rules, rather than wars...Similarly for dragon boat races.

RH: Martial arts were supposed to instill martial qualities, not to stop wars. There is no proof that they did.

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