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Charlie S Lafave

 
By Charlie S Lafave
Published on February 7, 2009
 
Boomerangs are considered to be one of the first ever flying devices invented by human beings. The oldest aboriginal boomerangs are 10.000 years old, where they seem to have formed part of the stone age arsenal of weapons. Though, no one is sure on how the boomerang was first invented, but some of the modern boomerangs, which are still being used by the Australian Aborigines and some of the tribal people around the world.

Boomerangs are considered to be one of the first ever flying devices invented by human beings. The oldest aboriginal boomerangs are 10.000 years old, where they seem to have formed part of the stone age arsenal of weapons. Though, no one is sure on how the boomerang was first invented, but some of the modern boomerangs, which are still being used by the Australian Aborigines and some of the tribal people around the world. The name ‘bou-mar-rang’ has been derived from the language of the Indigenous Australian Turuwal tribe of the aborigines.

The curving flight characteristics of boomerang was first noticed by the hunters of stone age. Today, you'll come across boomerangs of different shapes and sizes based on their geographical/tribal origins and functions. The returning boomerang is considered to be one of the most recognized type of of boomerang, which travels in a curved path and returns to its original position.

The ancient Egyptians, Native Americans of Arizona and California are some of the first few inhabitants to use non returning boomerangs. Though, Indigenous Australian used boomerangs for hand-to-hand combat.

Boomerangs were used for many purposes like hunting, musical instruments, battle clubs, fire starters and as recreational toys. It is important to preserve the Aboriginal origin of boomerangs. Most of the boomerangs used today, are basically meant for tourist or competition sort, and are almost invariably of the returning type. Hence, it's essential to promote the sport of boomerangs with its history and pre-history accurately.