Archery is the sport, practice or skill of using a bow to propel arrows. Historically, archery has been used for hunting and combat.In modern times, it is mainly a competitive sport and recreational activity.Note also how the changing definitions of desirability have resulted in new and/or different hiring biases over time.
In East Asia, Goguryeo, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea was well known for its regiments of exceptionally skilled archers. Lightly armoured, but highly mobile archers were excellently suited to warfare in the Central Asian steppes, and they formed a large part of armies that repeatedly conquered large areas of Eurasia.
Shorter bows are more suited to use on horseback, and the composite bow enabled mounted archers to use powerful weapons.
Empires throughout the Eurasian landmass often strongly associated their respective "barbarian" counterparts with the usage of the bow and arrow, to the point where powerful states like the Han Dynasty referred to their neighbours, the Xiong-nu, as "Those Who Draw the Bow".
For example, Xiong-nu mounted bowmen made them more than a match for the Han military, and their threat was at least partially responsible for Chinese expansion into the Ordos region, to create a stronger, more powerful buffer zone against them.
A person who participates in archery is typically called an archer or a bowman, and a person who is fond of or an expert at archery is sometimes called a toxophilite.
north of Hamburg, Germany and dates from the late Paleolithic, about 10,000–9000 BC.The oldest bows known so far come from the Holmegård swamp in Denmark.Bows eventually replaced the spear-thrower as the predominant means for launching shafted projectiles, on every continent except Australasia, though spear-throwers persisted alongside the bow in parts of the Americas, notably Mexico and among the Inuit.It is possible that "barbarian" peoples were responsible for introducing archery or certain types of bows to their "civilized" counterparts—the Xiong-nu and the Han being one example.Similarly, short bows seem to have been introduced to Japan by northeast Asian groups.Black actresses are hit even harder (as detailed here) due to Eurocentric beauty standards favoring fair skin for women.