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Chang Cross Bow

Chang tribe belonging to Nagaland uses a crossbow for hunting. The main beam is constructed from a strong and thick bamboo, wider at the center compared to the ends. The crossbeam is made of wood. It contains a groove for containing the arrow. One end of the crossbeam has a slot for holding the bamboo beam while the other end contains a trigger assembly made of bone. This trigger assembly holds back the fiber rope bowstring, providing the necessary tension to the bow.

The crossbow is held from below, at an arms length. The arrow is shot by pulling the trigger, which releases the taut bowstring. Restoring the bowstring to its original position at the back requires great strength due to the thick and strong bamboo beam.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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