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IN OMG! ON 19 Aug, 2015
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.
She says, "I can't dance, I can't move properly. I regret it a lot. But at the time, if you didn't bind your feet, no one would marry you."
It made her impossible to enjoy many comforts of life in many ways.
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A symbol of beauty and high social status, the practice began in the 10th century and was banned only in 1912, almost one thousand years later.
The standard length of the Lotus Feet was 3 inches. That explains how much bone-crushing would be required in order to get the desired results!
But the opposition of the nobility that had, by the time, been seeing small feet as the most important beauty factor in women, thwarted his plans.
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.
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