Learn about chilling Chinese traditions from the 19th century?
How the birth of children is perceived in China, like a boy and like a girl?
What the Chinese wanted to achieve through the cruel habit of restraining children's feet?
That's all for today's travel blog, to which I cordially invite everyone!
At the outset, I want to warn you, The following article describes the rather drastic habit of restraining children's feet, practiced in China in the 19th century, so it is intended only for readers with strong nerves!
Boy or girl? Whose birth was a cause for pride and celebration?
In traditional China, the birth of a boy is definitely, they were a solemn and joyful moment. Just after cutting the umbilical cord, it ended up in the jar underneath kangiem (it is a wide, heated bed supported on bricks).
But when the girl appeared in the world, her umbilical cord appeared were buried in the garden outside the home, as a sign that he would soon leave him.
The emperor and the dry twig
The boy was called "the little emperor" or "our treasure" and the girl was called "a dry twig" or "guest", because she was getting married early( arranged marriage).
When a girl becomes a wife, her world changes, or for the better?
Travel blog found out that when the daughter is only a few years old, the families of both parties have already concluded a preliminary agreement to merge their chosen people in the future. At the time of becoming his wife, the girl already belonged to her husband's family, she had to be on duty, to obey my mother-in-law and not to speak without being asked.
Her many duties included getting up early in the morning to greet her parents-in-law, prepare meals and she was the last to retire humbly to sleep.
It was advantageous for the girl when she became the first daughter-in-law and the strengthening of her position guaranteed the birth of a son. Thanks to him, she was provided with care in the future, economic backing, which at the same time strengthened her value as a woman.
In every family, the girl was required to be obedient to her father, when she became a wife, she had to obey her husband, and when she assumed her widow's garment, she could count on her son's protection.
What was the custom of restraining children's feet??
With a travel blog, we also discovered a very unpleasant one that is a tradition for many, the habit of restraining the feet. It was only introduced at the end of the 19th century IT IS PROHIBITED, however, in the villages it was cultivated until the end of the 20th century!
It was believed that thanks to him the girl will have a better chance of getting married and entry to good, even a wealthy family. Feet were already restrained six-year-old girls! Most of them were treated rather dryly by their mothers and to please them, gain a little love, the remarks tacitly decided upon this suffering. Their behavior showed what wives they would be like: meek and humble bearing their fate.
Some girls had their feet loosely crimped and only temporarily, after which they worked in the fields or served at home. They were called "little daughters-in-law".
What was the cruel procedure of foot restraint about and what were its health complications??
Thanks to the blog, we were able to explore the subject of this problem, which we report below. Just before the procedure, the feet were soaked in water with the addition of almond flakes, ginger rhizomes and a few drops of urine. Long were prepared, blue color, lightly starched bandages. The foot was arched with the heel and four toes down, and the big finger was left behind. Then it was tightly wrapped with a bandage whose ends were sewn together. Dressings were changed every four days and the feet were soaked in anti-inflammatory and astringent alum.
The entire procedure was very painful, one had to walk to lead to spontaneous bone fracture!
You can imagine how these people suffered physically and mentally. The endeavors were not humane, it carried a high risk of infection of the organism, which, if the immunity is not strong enough, can lead to death.
What foods were recommended to eat during this inhumane procedure?
At that time, special dishes were cooked for children, such as: Red bean, chilli pepper, it was believed that they would contribute to the softening of the bones and giving them the right shape. The girls sewed and embroidered smaller and smaller shoes which they changed every two weeks. A foot seven centimeters long was desirable. Not all of them ended with a satisfactory result. More than once the bones have fused badly, which made it difficult to walk on the so-called. "Stumps". Movement was difficult due to an inability to maintain a proper balance and the women helped each other with canes.
Dear Reader, thank you for today's attention and I invite you to the second part of the story about unusual and original Chinese customs!