Hilt of an indian sword decorated with gold

India

Arms and armour has featured as a central part of Indian culture from the earliest times. The heroes of early epic stories, such as the Mahabharata, often ride on chariots and shoot bows. Archery played a central role in all Indian military until the widespread introduction of firearms in the 18th century.


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In ancient India high class courtesan women were expected to master fencing with a sword and fighting with a staff.