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China Foot binding
Transcript of China Foot binding
Each foot was soaked in a warm mixture of herbs and animal blood.
Toenails were cut back as far as possible.
Feet were lightly massaged.
Toes on each foot were curled under and pressed with great force downwards and squeezed into the sole of the foot until the toes break.
The foot was then pressed straight down with the leg and the arch forcefully broken.
Lastly, the feet were bound with badages holding them in place. Infection, the most common problem with bound feet, was inevitably followed by disease. Death from septic shock could result from foot binding. When foot bidimg became more exetreme, women in China could no longer walk properly so many had to hire servants to do most of the cleaning, cooking, and caring for the family. When foot binding was popular and a part of the chinese custom, women, their families, and their husbands took pride in tiny feet that had aquired the lotus shape. This pride was shown by beautiful embroidered silk slippers and wrappings the girls and women wore covering their feet.
Walking on bound feet included lightly bending th knees and swaying. This swaying walk became known as the Lotus Gait and was considered sexually exciting to men. If this tradition never began, it would have saved many women from infection, disease, and pain. It also would have changed the order of the household; the men and servants wouldn't have to do the extra work women weren't able to do due to their bound feet. On the positive side, it also would never became an origional style and be seen as a major attractive trait.