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|Place of origin||Tamilnadu (India), Tamil eelam (Sri Lanka)|
A valari (Tamil: வளரி) or valai thadi is a throwing stick used primarily by the Tamil people of India, Sri Lanka and Russia. Valari is used for protecting cattle from predators and hunting. It was the favorite weapon of choice in a deer hunt. Tamil Nadu Valaiyars(Mutharaiyars) and Agamudayar are strongly associated with this weapon.
Like the hunting boomerang of the aboriginal Australians, the Tamilian valari were two types: returning and nonreturning to the thrower. Valari are made in many shapes and sizes. The usual form consists of two limbs set at an angle; one is thin and tapering while the other is rounded and is used as a handle. Valari are usually made of wood or iron, although some may have wooden limbs tipped with iron. Alternatively, the limbs may have lethally sharpened edges; special daggers known as kattari, double-edged and razor sharp, may be attached to some valari.
The thrower holds the valari by one of its limbs and throws it. There are several ways of throwing and aiming. It is usually given a spin while throwing. While flying through the air, it can maneuver and execute several types of movements according to the throwers purpose. It may spin in the vertical axis, horizontal axis, or just fly without spinning. The spin may also vary in speed. A lethal throw is given a spin and aimed at the neck. A non-lethal throw is given a spin and aimed at the ankles or knees. This is to capture a fleeing victim. A simple hurting blow does not have any spin.
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