Chinese Foot Binding. The “art” of Foot Binding.
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The so called “art” of foot binding was practiced in China for over 1000 years. This was practiced at first only in the upper class, but soon spread to every social class in China. For 1000 years almost every young girl in the country was put through excruciating pain as their feet were bound into three inch “Lotus Feet”.
The mutilation and pain caused was horrible. Many times when the toes grew back into the sole of the foot it caused infections like gangrene and also death.
This process destroyed childhoods by not letting children have fun. They were unable to play or run around because of the excruciating pain that was caused.
For the first few years of the feet being bound the children had to be carried or else there disabled feet would break. If the feet were to break, they were not able to be fixed or heal right because of the mutilation they were already put through.
Even though foot binding is not done anymore, most elderly women in China have bound feet. This process can not be undone even with today’s medical technology All the women who had this done to them lived in pain, or will live in pain, for the rest of their lives.