Have you ever had a body part that you hated? I used to hate my feet when I was younger. The reason was because of my feet size.
Wikimedia Commons An X-ray of bound feet. Cultures around the world have always had different standards of beauty. Japanese women used to blacken their teeth after marriage.
For decades Cao Mei Ying concealed her small bound feet. The traditional Chinese custom, was officially banned in but continued through to It quickly turned those with bound feet — once a marker of beauty — into subjects of ridicule.
Hong Kong CNN It was an excruciatingly painful practice that maimed the feet of millions of Chinese girls and women for centuries: foot-binding. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. More Videos
X-ray image of bound feet. LONDON — You may have heard about how, long ago, it was a Chinese feudal tradition to tightly bind girls' feet, crushing their bones and leaving them deformed for the rest of their lives. Some are still alive today, and Hong Kong anthropologist and photographer Jo Farrell has spent a decade tracking them down.
Most of us have our morning ritual down pretty well. But rewind to a bit earlier: in those few precious moments before it's time to get out the door and race to punch in the clock, we probably don't think about the shoes we're slipping on. Okay, maybe some of us give it a little more thought than others, but they're typically the last items we put on, and the first ones we take off.
In the latest round of filming there was an incident that haunts me. It took place during a segment on the social changes that affected Chinese women in the late 13th century. These changes can be illustrated by the practice of female foot-binding.
Source: "Small feet of the Chinese females: remarks on the origin of the custom of compressing the feet; the extent and effects of the practice; with an anatomical description of a small foot. About the Author: The article was written without author acknowledgement for Chinese Repositorya Protestant missionary journal that operated from through Its readership was composed of missionaries, ministers, and lay persons with an interest in international issues surrounding mission work. The Chinese practice of footbinding has been traced back as far as the Shang era — b.
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. It was considered better to get someone who wasn't your mum to do it: They were less likely to bind them sympathetically loose. There were various attempts to ban the tradition from the s, but it didn't die out until the early 20th century.
For centuries, young girls in China were subjected to an extremely painful and debilitating procedure called foot binding. Their feet were bound tightly with cloth strips, with the toes bent down under the sole of the foot, and the foot tied front-to-back so that the grew into an exaggerated high curve. The ideal adult female foot would be only three to four inches in length.