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Monday, June 18, 2018

More strange foot and shoe customs




In Rome respectable women wore togas or stolas. These were different from those worn by sex-workers especially during the reign of Caligula. He made a point of separating working girls from honest women who wore light togas weighted at the bottom so as not to show their feet. Only courtesans and nymphs celebrating erotic festivals were allowed to expose their feet to public gaze.



Public processions, like we see today in parades, dates back to pagan times. Many of these ancient practices still existed in the Middle Ages and the people of France, for instance, marched through the streets, appealing to the gods for a change of political, military or economic fortunes. At first the people merely walked barefoot, but with the passage of time removed more and more garments to show the gods their humility. By 1224 all clothes were removed for such marches and for the next century such public displays were frequent in Paris, though it was usually only men, not women, who stripped down to the bare buff.



In 15th century Europe it was not uncommon to see women expose their breasts in public. This was not considered obscene or ill-mannered but exposing their feet was another matter. In 17th century Spain only husbands had the right to see the feet of their spouses without shoes. This was common to both occidental and oriental societies.



The young women of Northwest Siberia (Yakut) were happy enough to have their thighs seen whilst working about their household duties. They were even unmoved, if by chance, male strangers caught sight of their bare breasts but when their father and brother-in-laws gazed upon their bare feet, that was taboo. On very hot days in Siberia, Russian women commonly walked about naked but always had their feet covered. Siberia is not associated with a warm climate so I do not suppose it happened all that very often just in case you are thinking of going there for vocation. But if you were to attend a marriage ceremony in Siberia you might witness the quaint custom of fitting stockings & sock. In these parts the bride and groom do not exchange rings at the ceremony they just exchange thermals. Seemingly the sexiest thing you can do together is remove your partner's stockings.(sic. I can do it with my teeth, how about you?). Of course, no one is sure of the origins of this fetish but it may be related to the Chinese custom of foot eroticus.



In ancient China if a man were to touch a ladies shoe this was considered "the first move in courtship", if the lady took exception great shame fell on the man, otherwise his luck was in.



In Tanzania, the Turu females were extremely well mannered but this did not stop them from soliciting sexual favours from men in the tribe. A code was developed and if the man was asked for a hoe or the lady stole his sandals, then it was green for goes. The women of Laos were not permitted to go barefoot or wear sandals. To expose the female toes was considered very obscene and husbands would punish their wives by taking away their shoes and forcing them to stay in their hut until their penance was complete. Only then were their shoes returned. Among some tribes in Africa it was common for women to go topless and men to have minimal covering for their private parts. However, it was considered obscene by many for a man or woman to be sitting down with the sole of their feet exposed.



In the Island of Banoi, Papua New Guinea, a new son-in-law was virtually a slave to his new mother-in-law and required to provide her with firewood for the rest of his life. The poor man had to approach her on his knees as the sight of his feet pointing towards her was considered a real insulted.



Urine held much fascination to our forebears and was used in the First World War to soften the leather of hard army boots. In Africa many tribes considered urine to be "holy water." The Bakitara king in Central Africa kept a female chamberlain who was responsible for golden showers to his feet every morning so that he could have a successful start to the day.

I can think of better ways myself , but there you go.

References
Rancier L The sex chronicles Santa Monica: General Publishing Group

Reviewed 18/06/2018

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