Chinese history. women with the smallest feet were given the greatest chance of living a life of luxury and wealth. But the process and results were agonising and dangerous.
Foot Binding began in the early T'ang dynasty & became popular because men thought it attractive. A young girl soaks her feet in warm water or animal blood & herbs. Toe nails are clipped & feet massaged. Then every toe but the big toe is broken & the foot is wrapped with cloth. Every few days, it is rewrapped & put into smaller shoes until it is only 4 in long. Foot binding died out in the early 20th century. Some elderly Chinese women survive today with disabilities related to bound feet…
the curious case of a real-life Benjamin Button, with a twist. A Brazilian woman, who has neither aged, nor is getting any younger. Born on May 7, 1981, Maria Audete do Nascimento still has the body of a baby.
This 1922 photo is said to show a ghost wedding. The woman is supposedly a nǚ guǐ (女鬼), or ghost woman: a woman who died unmarried has no family and can't become an ancestor, so she returns and haunts. There's a simple solution to the nǚ guǐ hauntings, though: find a man and pay him to marry her. These "profound weddings" (冥婚) are an important function of the Dàoshi, and a kinder form of exorcism.