Swords of the Ancient – 3 Uncommon Ancient Swords Reviewed

Central And South American Macana Swords Of The Ancient

The term Macana means a Sword like weapon that is constructed from wood. The birth of this weapon came from the Taino Culture. Taino’s lived in the Bahamas, Greater and Lesser Antilles before the Columbians did. The term Macana refers to a variety of weapons that have been used by the people of Central America as well as South America.

Although this Battle Weapon is constructed out of wood, it’s sharp edges are enough to make it dangerous. Sometimes the term is also used to imply the similar weapon used by the Aztecs, which were specific groups who lived in Central Mexico. Obsidian is studded all around the weapon which forms the blade. Macuahuitl is yet another name used to describe this weapon.

Indian Aruval Swords Of The Ancient

This Battle Weapon is particularly seen in Southern India. The blade of this weapon originates at the grip and extends to the main part of the blade. You can describe it as a sickle with an extension. You can also think of it as a Sword with a reverse curve. The shorter versions were handy for breaking apart coconuts, and the longer versions were more like Battle Weapons. The shorter version is usually seen in small villages.

Farmers used a variation called the Kathir Aruval when they were out picking crops. Another variation called the Veecharival was used for Self Defense and clearing out brush, like a back hoe as well as cutting and chopping up coconuts. The Aruvals that were employed and used on the battle field were as long as three to four feet. This is rare, but once in a while you will find some by the Kaval Deivams that are up to 6 feet long.

Chinese Changdao Swords Of The Ancient

The term Changdao actually just means an Elongated Knife. This swords was used to defend troops who used it against Calvary Attacks in China around the time of the Ming Dynasty. The blade on the Changdao is similar to the Odachi which means “Great Big Sword”. General Qi Jiguang used this weapon against Mongol short for Mongolian troops around 1560. It was designed as an Anti Calvary, Horse Killing weapon that replaced the Zha Ma Dao.

Source by Brian Garvin