Enticing the Muse
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Enticing the Muse

Painfully Beautiful

Historic beautification practices

Photo by Pesce Huang on Unsplash

Beauty has been a highly sought-after commodity throughout history. Whether it be heavily adorned beauty or just that natural glow, humans have always worked to make themselves more beautiful. However, many times the price of beauty was pain.

The Art of Foot Binding
For nearly 1,000 years, women of China performed a painful custom. From the age of about five or six…



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Christine Graves

Wife, mother, grandmother, poet, storyteller, crocheter, ancient history fanatic, and lover of a good story.