Ancient Chinese Custom Of Ancient Essay

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The Ancient Chinese Custom of Footbinding

The ancient Chinese custom of foot binding has caused severe life-long suffering for the Chinese women involved. The first documented reference to foot binding was from the Southern Tang Dynasty in Nanjing. It was introduced in the 11th century and spread from the ranks of the wealthy to those of more modest means to peasantry. A main reason women did this was for the pleasure of men. Men preferred women with small feet and sexual urges weren 't present for un-bound feet. Although the history of foot binding is very vague, it lasted for at least one thousand years. This agonizing process which folds all the toes except the big one under the sole to make the foot slim and pointed, was created just for the pleasure and looking likings of men.
Earlier text has said that the Han Dynasty was referred to as the people who preferred that the women have small feet. It also stated that the first documented reference to footbinding was from the Tang Dynasty in Nanjing. Before the Song Dynasty, binding was only slightly tightening, allowing some free movement. The Yuan Dynasty introduced binding into the central and southern parts of China and footbinding was most popular in the Ming Dynasty. A famous writer, Zhu Xi helped spread footbinding by introducing it into the southern Fuijan in order to spread Chinese culture and teach proper relations between men and women. Many legends exist to explain where the creation of footbinding came about…

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