Terrible tradition: Chinese foot binding or how to get the perfect lotus foot

Through these pictures you will discover a terrible antique tradition...

Foot binding was a custom practiced on young girls in China for about one thousand years from the 10th century and until the early 20th century.

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A Chinese woman binding her foot to get the golden lotus form. Photo: China.org.cn

Beginning at an early age, young girls’ feet were wrapped in tight bandages to prevent them from growing normally.

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This is what your foot looks like when you remove bands during Chinese foot binding. Photo: China.org.cn

Their feet became deformed, never growing beyond 4-6 inches (10-15 cm).

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Another example of the sufferings these women had to go through during foot binding in China. Photo: China.org.cn

The four smaller toes on a girl’s foot would break within a year of the initial binding.

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Shoes are terribly small… And the foot binding tradition terribly wrong. Photo: China.org.cn

Only the big toe remained intact. A well developed arch was the essential feature of a perfect “lotus foot”.

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Bound foot without bandages. Photo: China.org.cn

The ideal outcome was a 3-inch foot, called a golden lotus. A 4 inch (10 cm) foot, called a silver lotus, was considered acceptable.

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Chinese Foot Binding: Check out the difference! Photo: China. org.cn

Well, I don’t know for you, but I find this kind of traditions terrible! Learn more here.

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