The Honda Of very primitive origin, the stone propeller called honda, is a very simple and fast draft device formed by a cord of approximately half a meter long, woven with wool of different colors, and with a widening in the middle the length, reinforced with fabric or leather, which acts as a receptacle for the stone. The projectiles can be natural stones rounded, or carved with enough precision, baked or sun-dried clay, molded lead, etc.
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- 1 History
- 2 Military use
- 3 Presence in America
- 4 Source
The origin of the sling goes back to prehistoric times, perhaps at the end of the Paleolithic, in which it would be used exclusively as a hunting weapon. But the archaeological evidences of its existence already correspond to the Neolithic era , when large quantities of fired clay projectiles, associated with warlike uses, appear in the area of the Near East.
The ancient Balearics, Greeks, Hebrews, Phoenicians and some peoples of the Asian area used this formidable weapon of war. The Balearic sling threw stones 4 or 6 cm in diameter or lead balls. Soldiers were trained from childhood to skill with the sling and carried three types of different lengths, depending on the launch distance. Its precision and power were said to be unmatched. The use of lead shells, invented by the Greeks, would make the sling a fearsome weapon, even more than the bow given its greater impact power and range; Added to this was the small size of the projectiles, which were capable of penetrating the body in the manner of a bullet, and just as she was invisible through the air. This weapon varies greatly in terms of shapes and sizes. As a weapon of war, the sling would still be used throughout the Middle Ages , even coexisting with the primitive cannons. In general in the European armies the sling was used until the Renaissance and later it was used to throw grenades.
Presence in America
In the New World, the sling was fundamentally a mountain weapon, although its appearance is also known on the Venezuelan coast , in Colombia , Mexico and along the Andes, as far as southern Chile . Mexicans, Peruvians and some tribes of Ecuador became fearsome to the conqueror because of the skillful handling they made of it. The Chronicles of the Indies are full of combats in which the stones of the slings thrown by the natives “rained” on the heads covered in morriones of the European invaders.