FOOT BINDING was an ancient Chinese custom among women that dates back to the 10th century. The practice began as a ritual among Chinese royalty but would later become widespread as a status symbol among wealthy women who wished to become married. The idea was that women who had their feet bound endured the painful process, because they had the privilege of not having to work.
Poor women were not considered worthy of the ritual, because they needed their feet to remain normal to work to care for their families. Foot binding would remain a common practice in Chinese culture until the 19th century, where Western culture would influence its removal from society.
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