Bastinado

Sources: motherless.com & bastinadofalaka.com

Bastinado? I have never heard of this word before and had to google it to know what it means. When I found the meaning I immediately thought of the one and only time I have experienced bastinado.

So, do you know what bastinado is? This is what I found on Wikipedia:

Foot whipping, variously known as bastinado, falanga (phalanga), and falaka (falaqa), is a form of corporal punishment in which the soles of the feet are beaten with an object such as a cane, rod or club, a stout leather bullwhip, or a flexible bat of heavy rubber. It is sometimes favoured as a form of torture because, although extremely painful, it leaves few physical marks.

The prisoner may be immobilized before application of the beating by tying, securing the feet in stocks, locking the legs into an elevated position, or hanging upside-down. The Persian term falaka referred to a wooden plank which was used to secure the feet prior to beating.

Foot whipping is effective due to the clustering of nerve endings in the feet and the structure of the foot, with its numerous small bones and tendons. The wounds inflicted are particularly painful and take a long time to heal, rendering it a particularly brutal and cruel punishment.

 

I have only once experienced being whipped under my feet. It was on our third or fourth play date. My lower legs were tied to my upper legs, my legs spread wide. A whip and a cane were used to hit my inner legs, but my legs were pushed up to expose the soles of my feet. If I remember correctly it was a thin cane that touched the soles of my feet. Only a couple of times, but enough to have me know that I did not want to experience it again.

Reading what Wikipedia has to say about it, I can see clearly why bastinado or foot whipping is used as a form of corporal punishment. I found it painful and not erotic at all. The erotic part was to be tied. The foot caning was pure torture and I was happy that it did not go on for much longer. I think that if Master T ever wants to punish me severely, bastinado should be the method. And at the same time I hope that I will never give Him reason to severely punish me. The soles of my feet are extremely sensitive and I sure prefer not to be whipped or caned there.

 

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9 thoughts on “Bastinado

  1. Wow. That video is a little too intense for me!
    I suppose this would be effective as a severe punishment, but it would have to be *very* severe circumstances! I hope you never need to be punished that way either! ^_^

  2. Now this is interesting – I love bastinado but not (as I discovered when I watched the video) when it’s done like that. And I had to think about why that’s so. I had no problem watching it – and indeed my feet were flexing and toes were curling – but it really came across as punishment, like a hard and fast arse whipping. And I think it’s because it was across both feet at once, and mostly across the arches.

    For me, bastinado is at its best when it focuses on one foot at a time, done closer in (so with a shorter instrument) and with more speed – not that the taps are necessarily lighter, but not from the distance. There’s a deliberateness about where the instrument is going to land. Seeing the whip flick across various parts of the foot / feet in this clip was a bit cringey for me, because the feelings from each section are so different!

    Food for thought. Thanks, Rebel ๐Ÿ™‚

    xx Dee

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