Wau or 'kite' is believed to be invented by somebody with the name Sang Jaya or who had a title such as Dewa Muda, Dewa Hindu, and Masai Kelana Seri Panji. Wau was produced between 711 and 839 AD. Originally the wau was invented as a symbol of a country's greatness, as a guide for determining the direction, and also as a symbol of success for every attack by a country towards another country. This game is famous in Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Selangor, Kelantan, and Terengganu.
Among the types of wau produced are 'wau bulan' ('moon kite'), 'wau burung' ('bird kite'), 'wau merak' ('peacock kite'), 'wau kucing' ('cat kite'), 'wau ikan' (fish kite), wau jalabudi, etc. Tools for making wau are bamboo, knife, paper, pencil, scissors, glue, and rope. There are types of kites that are popular in certain states such as Wau Bulan in Kelantan, Wau Burung in Terengganu, Wau Jalabudi in Kedah, and others.
The making of wau is very unique compared to other games because it requires a high level of skill. Before flying wau needs to be ascertained to be balanced so that it is not heavy on one side. The wind factor plays an important role when flying a wau.