I've seen a less formal and more homespun
method of kite fighting in Malaysia
. A section of the kite's control line(s) is rolled in glue
and then in ground glass
. This creates a cutting edge
that is used to sever
's line and down
The kids usually play with simpler kites than the Thai sport models: sturdy bamboo frames and brightly-colored lacquered paper, usually in a diamond shape with two control lines for maneuverability.
The kids I've seen are far too young to be thinking about sexual symbolism or whatnot; they're just having fun with aerodynamics, tuning their kites, and trying to take home the other kid's. Kinda like hotrodders racing for pink slips.