Weapon scarfs

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  1. donald1

    donald1 Senior Master

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    I'm not sure if this question belongs here or general weapons but I put it here because the weapon is Chinese saber, I asked my instructor yet he didn't know so I ask here wondering if different colors of scarfs meant different meanings
     
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    Not that I am aware of but, perhaps someone more enlightened then I will chime in.
     
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    I guess this is a Google question. Someone on Google knows this. :samurai:
     
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    To my opinion scarfs and tassels are show objects with no meaning at all. If you take a look at old paintings, statues etc. none of the weapons have a scarf or tassel.
    If you come to think of it, on the battlefield they will not be very handy would they.
     
  5. Xue Sheng

    Xue Sheng Sr. Grandmaster

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    Generally color meant nothing
     
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    Depends somewhat on the system and the practitioner, I think. We often put a red scarf on swords and on spears. Red is a symbol of combat (blood), recognizing that those forms have ties to combative systems.
     
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    Red was a lucky color in China....and still is... little to do with combative or non-combative
     
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    Ah... but China was only ONE influence on my art! :D
     

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