• Short Summary

    IN BANGKOK'S PRAMANE GROUNDS OVERLOOKING THE SPIRES OF THE TEMPLE OF THE EMERALD BUDDHA, A BIG HOLIDAY CROWS ASSEMBLES - FOR THIS IS THE SEASON OF THE KITE FIGHT.

  • Description

    IN BANGKOK'S PRAMANE GROUNDS OVERLOOKING THE SPIRES OF THE TEMPLE OF THE EMERALD BUDDHA, A BIG HOLIDAY CROWS ASSEMBLES - FOR THIS IS THE SEASON OF THE KITE FIGHT.

    UN-BUDDHIST LIKE THOUGH IT MIGHT BE, KITE-FIGHTING IS A NATIONAL THAI SPORT. AND THE KITE FIGHT IS THE STORY OF THE ETERNAL CONFLICT BETWEEN THE SEXES.

    HALF THE GROUND IS RESERVED FOR THE MALE KITES, "CHULA" THEY CALL IT; AND THE OTHER HALF GOES TO "PUKPAO" - THE SO-CALLED WEAKER SEX.

    THE MALE KITS ARE SIX FOOT GIANTS BUILT ON A FRAME OF SMOKED BAMBOO AND IN CAPE CANAVERAL IT MIGHT BE MISTAKEN FOR THE LATEST "VANGUARD" MISSILE ON THE LAUNCHING PAD.

    THE FEMALE ONE, VERY UNLIKE IN REAL LIFE, IS MODEST AND DEVOID OF THE USUAL SCINTILLATING CURVES.

    TEN TO 15 YOUTHS FORM THE CREW FOR EACH OF THE KITES AND MASTERS INDEED THEY ARE IN MANIPULATING THE COURSE OF THEIR "MISSILES".

    THE RULES OF THE GAME DEMAND THAT THE HUGE MALES GATECRASH INTO FEMALE TERRITORY WHERE THEY HOVER HIGH ABOVE THE TINY, FLITTING FEMALE KITES SEEKING AN OPPORTUNITY TO PLUNGE DOWN AND SNAG ONE ON THE WICKED BAMBOO HOOKS ATTACHED TO THEIR STRINGS.

    THE WOOING IS ON - BUT SOON IT BECOMES A FIGHT.

    THE FEMALES, NO MATCH FOR THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN SIZE, RELY PURELY ON FEMALE TACTICS -- FLIRTING, WIGGLING, EVADING AND LURING THE ENEMY INTO A TRAP FROM WHICH HE CANNOT ESCAPE. THE FEMALE KITES ARE EQUIPPED WITH A BARELY VISIBLE LOOP OF STRING WITH WHICH THEY CATCH AND THROTTLE THE LUMBERING "CHULAS."
    THERE'S HEAVY BETTING ASSOCIATED WITH THIS FASCINATING BUT VERY OFTEN SERIOUS GAME USUALLY THE ODDS ARE TWO TO ONE IN FAVOUR OF THE WEAKER SEX.

    VICTORY WILL BE THEIRS WHEN THE FEMALE CAN RESIST THE MALE ADVANCES/AND TRAP THEM AND BRING THEM DOWN IN THE FEMALE TERRITORY. AND MORE OFTEN THE SPRIGHTLY LITTLE FEMALE BRINGS THOSE GIANTS DOWN - TO THE DELIGHT OF THE CROWD AND DISMAY OF THOSE WHO BACKED THE WRONG KITE.

    IN ANY CASE, IT'S AN EVENING OF FUN WITH THE KITES FOR THE THAIS IN BANGKOK.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA46U259KATRJ8BVW8X83G8MXDY
    Media URN:
    VLVA46U259KATRJ8BVW8X83G8MXDY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/03/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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