Everyone has a different perception of beauty. Everyone attempts to seek it in a different manner. The cultural variations make women from different parts of the world do different things to ‘beautify’ themselves. Here is what the Chinese did for almost 10 centuries: They crushed the feet of the women and broke their toes to make them look beautiful. Another chapter in the book of weird traditions around the world.
Thankfully, this sick practice has been banned for more than a hundred years now. But many suffered from it for almost a thousand years and here is the last of the surviving victims of the horific tradition.
The world has witnessed weird itraditions that are beyond our imagination!
Zhou regrets her decision of binding her feet.
Photographer Joe Farrell has brought forth Zhou and many other women like her through her project called ‘Living History’.
Lotus Feet, as such feet were called, were brought in practice by the Song Dynasty that ruled China.
The cruel tradition made women have to crush their feet and break their toes in order to fit their feet in small shoes.
The Manchu Emperor Kangxi tried to ban foot-binding in 1664.
The last factory to produce lotus shoes stopped manufacturing it only in 1999. But it had taken its toll on women’s feet until then.
The worst part was that foot-binding continued to be a practice for a millennium with the consent and delight(?) of women.
Although the foot-binding practice of China had ended long ago, something similar from the Western world still looks threatening in a similar manner.
Body surgeries and high heels that don’t allow the feet comfort of any kind, are the new perceptions of beauty. Even if it doesn’t necessarily crush the feet, it crushes the mind with the thought of wearing something uncomfortable just to look stylish, and that I reckon, is more dangerous.