Weird Universe

Chinese Punishments

From The Family Magazine, Vols 2 & 3, 1835-1836.

In taking the culprit before the tribunal he is preceded by a man who strikes upon a gong, that he may aggravate the shame of the offender, by drawing upon him the notice of the publick. Two others follow after him on foot, one of whom is employed in keeping up the culprit's face by means of a bundle of cleft canes. His hands are tied behind his back, and to render him more conspicuous a little red banner is fastened upon each side of his head.

He is thrown flat upon his face, and held in that position by one, or more, if necessary of the magistrate's attendants kneeling upon his back, whilst another applies the pan-stee to his posteriors. The pan-stee is a thick piece of split bamboo cane, the lower end of which is about four inches in width, and the upper end small and smooth, to render the instrument more convenient for the hand.

He is held securely by two men in the service of a tribunal who are instructed to give pain, by particular method of turning the cartilages of the ear.

This man is suspended by his shoulders and ancles, in a very painful situation: at intervals, two attending officers afford some trifling alleviation of his sufferings, by supporting him with a bamboo passed under his breast. Pencil, ink and paper, are ready to note down whatever he may say. This punishment, together with the preceding one, is chiefly inflicted upon such merchants as have been detected in committing frauds, impositions, or any other unwarrantable tricks of trade.

A species of correction appointed for boatmen, or, as they are termed in England, watermen. Having been convicted of some misbehaviour, he is compelled to kneel: one of the officers of justice prevents him from flinching, whilst another grasps his hair, and bestows a certain number of blows upon each side of his face, with a sort of double battledore, made of thick leather.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Nov 13, 2012 | Number of Comments: 10
Category: Crime, Law, Public Humiliation, Asia
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One of my favourite punishments is the Chinese basket trick. tongue wink
Posted by BMN on 11/13/12 at 09:43 AM
At one time in America some of these procedures were known as good, old-fashioned police work.
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 11/13/12 at 10:05 AM
Cruelty is timeless. We humans beat, abuse, and torture one another every single day. Physically, verbally and emotionally. Hell, look at the teens who kill themselves due to cruelty and abuse on social media. We really didn't need a how to book from the Chinese.
Posted by patty in Ohio, USA on 11/13/12 at 10:46 AM
I had to look up battledore. Seems like a pretty widely used term for just about anything that looks like a paddle.

@Patty: But.... shouldn't we try to learn from the masters? tongue wink
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/13/12 at 11:07 AM
LOL, good ol' fashion police work indeed!

Seriously though, I bet the ear twisting is the most painful. I don't know why but it seems to me that the most under-rated one is probably the most painful raspberry

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Posted by Tyler from BMHQ in Vancouver on 11/13/12 at 11:22 AM
@Tyler: Welcome, but we don't do advertisements on our posts.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/13/12 at 12:16 PM
@Expat ... Patty likes spanking when it's done right and in a foursome setting.
She also likes blindfolds and feather whips. big surprise
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 11/13/12 at 03:40 PM
Whip me, beat me, just don't make me feel cheap! tongue rolleye
Posted by patty in Ohio, USA on 11/13/12 at 03:50 PM
Don't let the Guantanamo Bay lot read this, it'll give them ideas.
Posted by dumbledoor in Hell on 11/14/12 at 06:14 AM
You know, I read a book a while back in which it described ancient Egyptians using a wooden rod to beat the bottom of a man's feet as a punishment. It was described as excruciating.
Posted by patty in Ohio, USA on 11/17/12 at 11:48 AM
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