Archery was very important in ancient Egypt. A pharaoh's strength and skill in archery demonstrated if he was fit to be the ruler. The pharaohs never competed against anybody but it was still a very important exhibition.
Archery contests continued as long as wars were fought with a bow and arrow. Archers were considered so important during wars that they had a shield bearer to protect them. The shield bearer's job was to ward off arrows from the enemy so that his archer stayed safe. Many times archers fought from chariots, but were still protected by their shield bearer. There were also horse archers, who had one horseman. He would hold the reins to guide both his and the archer's horses while the archer used his bow and arrow.
Archery was considered to be an important part of an African boy's culture. The bow was an important weapon for war and hunting everywhere in the world except for in Australia. The ancient Egyptians were the earliest people known to use the bow and arrow. Accounts of travelers from Europe during the Renaissance indicate that the bow and arrow was the most important weapon in central Africa as well as other regions.
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