Since muscle power is not the focus of the Atlatl, women and children were capable of learning to use this to help with hunting or to defend their homes against invaders. The speed of the dart is not the only thing that is extraordinary. A thrown dart can travel well beyond eight hundred feet. This is a huge advantage in range. A javelin thrown by the strongest man alive would struggle to achieve the distance a young teenager could reach with the flick of his wrist.
The Atlatl is still commonly made by sportsmen who compete in tournaments, much like Archery contests. Aztecs weren’t the only people to use the Atlatl. The Aborigines of Australia also use something like this that they call the Woomera.
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