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Foot binding was the custom of applying tight binding to the feet of young girls to modify the shape of the foot. The practice possibly originated among upper class court dancers during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period in 10th century China, then became popular among the elite during the Song dynasty and ...

www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-footbinding-persisted-china-millennium-180953971

These changes can be illustrated by the practice of female foot-binding. Some early evidence for it comes from the tomb of Lady Huang Sheng, the wife of an imperial clansman, who died in 1243. Archaeologists discovered tiny, misshapen feet that had been wrapped in gauze and placed inside specially shaped “lotus ...

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Jun 19, 2015 ... The process of binding feet (also known as "lotus feet") started before the arch had a chance to fully develop – somewhere between the ages of 4 and 9. After soaking in warm herbs and animal blood, the toes would be curled over to the sole of the foot and bound with cotton bandages. Yang Jinge's feet.

www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chinese-foot-binding-for-work-in-home_us_5920f47fe4b03b485cb20dc8

May 26, 2017 ... To uncover this little-known history of foot-binding, Bossen and the book's co- author, researcher Hill Gates, interviewed over 1,800 elderly women in remote villages across China and found that foot-binding was widespread among peasant populations, shattering the belief that foot-binding was a status ...

www.ancient.eu/Foot-Binding

Sep 27, 2017 ... Foot-binding was a practice first carried out on young girls in Tang Dynasty China to restrict their normal growth and make their feet as small as possible...

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Mar 19, 2007 ... Millions of Chinese women bound their feet, a status symbol that allowed them to marry into money. Footbinding was banned in 1912, but some women continued to do it in secret. Some of the last survivors are still living in a village in Southern China.

www.businessinsider.com/the-disturbing-reason-for-the-ancient-chinese-practice-of-foot-binding-2015-9

Sep 6, 2015 ... Like opium dens, sedan chairs and bat-winged junks, women with bound feet were once stereotypical to China. Deliberately crippled to conform to male ideals of beauty, these strange, pathetic creatures - to Western eyes - embodied the mysterious ways of the East. Early travel accounts describe the ...

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Dec 9, 2012 ... The Empress wanted it to be mandatory so her feet would be considered beautiful. When someone mandates a procedure that permanently deforms your body, it wasn't out of beauty but out of pride that she inculcated this heinous, painful act. Every culture has its abuse. Normally directed towards women..

www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/09/the-peculiar-history-of-foot-binding-in-china/279718

Sep 16, 2013 ... In the 12th century, foot binding had become much more widespread, and by the early Qing Dynasty (in the mid-17th century), every girl who wished to marry had her feet bound. The only people who didn't bind their feet were the very poor, ethnic Hakka people, and women who worked in fishing because ...