Living: Kites Are Flying Sky High

An ardent, age-old love affair with strings attached

My kite rises to celestial regions, My soul enters the abode of bliss. —Buddhist monk, 9th century A.D.

Kites have dared the heavens for thousands of years, pacifying the gods, protecting souls, relaying lovers' messages, celebrating the seasons. Frorn the Chinese Han dynasty through the space age, kites made of leaves, paper, silk and now plastic have also been used to catch fish, spy on enemies, send signals, divine the weather, explore the atmosphere, photograph the earth, tow boats, advertise corsets, drop bombs and loft...

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