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Public Punishment In Ancient China

What identities of female prisoner do you prefer and what is your favorite way of parade for her

  • Ordinary woman

    Votes: 40 28.0%
  • Slut with soft body

    Votes: 29 20.3%
  • Strong and cruel robber

    Votes: 15 10.5%
  • Fit Warrior(Like female general, soldier or rebellion leader)

    Votes: 51 35.7%
  • Other identities(Please reply your choice)

    Votes: 3 2.1%
  • Riding a wooden donkey

    Votes: 74 51.7%
  • Nailing on a cross

    Votes: 65 45.5%
  • Walking in chains

    Votes: 37 25.9%
  • Hanging upside down

    Votes: 24 16.8%
  • Other ways(Please also leave your choice)

    Votes: 6 4.2%

  • Total voters
    143
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cryingformay

Executioner
Here I am going to publish a series posts about traditional public punishment or execution in ancient China. Firstly we are going to view the most cruel and bloody way of execution (not one the most, exactly the most!): "Lingchi", which is also known as "death by a thousand cuts".
In ancient Chinese, the original meaning of "Lingchi" means "a gentle slope" or "the extension of time". Then it was used to name a kind of execution way firstly emerged in 900 CE in Five Dynasties period (907–960 CE, a period in Chinese history). At first, "Lingchi" just aims for killing the prisoner slowly with no specific regulations of the number of cuts. However, during the following 1000 years in Chinese history, the number of cuts in "Lingchi" had been gradually clarified. The least number is 8 while the most may reach 3600. If the executioner killed the prisoner before reaching the sentenced number of cuts, the executioner would also receive very severe punishment. More basic information about "Lingchi" can be found at:
The aim or creation of "Lingchi" is to punish those most "evil" crimes. Generally, there ten kinds of crimes can be viewed as "evil". Although most prisoners died in "Lingchi" are male, in this thread, we mainly focused on those female prisoners died in "Lingchi" in real Chinese history.
Actually, there are only three main reasons for a woman to be sentenced to "Lingchi": treason, cruel robbery such as killing more than ten people, killing direct male relatives(son, husband, father or father in law). We will talk about treason first.
As we have talked above, the number of cuts in "Lingchi" differs from the crime while treason may lead to most numbers, sometimes more 3000 cuts. According to history, more than 20 very famous female generals died by "Lingchi". Most of them died under the rule of Qing Dynasty(1644-1912 CE). Among them, two girls are most famous. One is Wang Nangxian who has already been detailedly discussed in
While another's name is Zhou Xiuying who died in Shanghai in 1855 at the age of 19. Now we will talk the exact story about her.
Zhou Xiuying's father was the leader of a rebellion group called "Little Knife Society" which fought against Qing Dynasty's government and she received advanced education in both literature and Kung-Fu since she was still a little girl.
周秀英01.jpg
From the age of 16, Zhou Xiuying began to join the society and led several rebellion battles. She was very fit and brave. It was rumored that she could use a chopper weighed more than 40 kilograms. Soon after she became known by her people, she was chosen to be their minor leader for her bravery and wisdom.
周秀英03.jpg
In 1853, her father Zhou Lichun was captured in a battle and then was executed by "Lingchi" in the center of Shanghai. After her father's death, Zhou Xiuying was not knocked down by sorrow. Instead, she became one of the main leaders of "Little Knife Society" and led her people to conquer Shanghai. However, this was the last successful battle in her life.
周秀英04.jpg
In 1855, after several battles, the strength of "Little Knife Society" became weaker and weaker. One day, Zhou Xiuying and her army was trapped and surrounded in Qingpu (a remote district on the edge of Shanghai). Although she still killed tens of enemies, she was finally captured after her horse was stumbled over by Qing soldiers' ropes.
周秀英07.jpg
As one of the head of the rebellion army, the only execution way awaited Zhou Xiuying is "Lingchi". However, Qing Dynasty wouldn't let her die easily. Before the final execution, they added several torment to humiliate her in public such as letting her stand under chains in the square of the city. They did this to her because Qing Dynasty hated her very much for the reason that she had killed hundreds of their soldiers and generals.
周秀英10.jpg
After days and days of torment, she finally welcomed her death. In ancient China, each condemned prisoner would endure a parade before being sent to death. Thus, on her execution day, early in the morning, Zhou Xiuying was taken out of her cell and put on a wooden donkey(we will discuss about it in the following parts of this post) with all clothes off. Then she was paraded in every streets and corners in Shanghai before she was finally sent to the execution ground.
周秀英13.jpg
Her hands and legs were tied onto a wooden frame designed for "Lingchi" to fix her and two sticks were inserted into her pussy and ass. Their function is to prevent her from incontinence during the process of being sliced into pieces.
周秀英14.jpg
The executioner came near to her and began his work. No records showed the exact number of cuts she suffered. It ranged from 36 to 360. In this artwork, the artist obviously took 36 as the exact number. The day she died, she still didn't reach 20 and this finished our story.
周秀英15.jpg
I also posted a vote to find out your interest in the identities of the prisoner and the way to treat her on her parade. These choices may help me understand your taste and talk about something more related to your interest in future.
 
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Madiosi

Depictor of Dreams
Staff member
Here I am going to publish a series posts about traditional public punishment or execution in ancient China. Firstly we are going to view the most cruel and bloody way of execution (not one the most, exactly the most!): "Lingchi", which is also known as "death by a thousand cuts".
In ancient Chinese, the original meaning of "Lingchi" means "a gentle slope" or "the extension of time". Then it was used to name a kind of execution way firstly emerged in 900 CE in Five Dynasties period (907–960 CE, a period in Chinese history). At first, "Lingchi" just aims for killing the prisoner slowly with no specific regulations of the number of cuts. However, during the following 1000 years in Chinese history, the number of cuts in "Lingchi" had been gradually clarified. The least number is 8 while the most may reach 3600. If the executioner killed the prisoner before reaching the sentenced number of cuts, the executioner would also receive very severe punishment. More basic information about "Lingchi" can be found at:
The aim or creation of "Lingchi" is to punish those most "evil" crimes. Generally, there ten kinds of crimes can be viewed as "evil". Although most prisoners died in "Lingchi" are male, in this thread, we mainly focused on those female prisoners died in "Lingchi" in real Chinese history.
Actually, there are only three main reasons for a woman to be sentenced to "Lingchi": treason, cruel robbery such as killing more than ten people, killing direct male relatives(son, husband, father or father in law). We will talk about treason first.
As we have talked above, the number of cuts in "Lingchi" differs from the crime while treason may lead to most numbers, sometimes more 3000 cuts. According to history, more than 20 very famous female generals died by "Lingchi". Most of them died under the rule of Qing Dynasty(1644-1912 CE). Among them, two girls are most famous. One is Wang Nangxian who has already been detailedly discussed in While another's name is Zhou Xiuying who died in Shanghai in 1855 at the age of 19. Now we will talk the exact story about her.
Zhou Xiuying's father was the leader of a rebellion group called "Little Knife Society" which fought against Qing Dynasty's government and she received advanced education in both literature and Kung-Fu since she was still a little girl.
View attachment 541466
From the age of 16, Zhou Xiuying began to join the society and led several rebellion battles. She was very fit and brave. It was rumored that she could use a chopper weighed more than 40 kilograms. Soon after she became known by her people, she was chosen to be their minor leader for her bravery and wisdom.
View attachment 541469
In 1853, her father Zhou Lichun was captured in a battle and then was executed by "Lingchi" in the center of Shanghai. After her father's death, Zhou Xiuying was not knocked down by sorrow. Instead, she became one of the main leaders of "Little Knife Society" and led her people to conquer Shanghai. However, this was the last successful battle in her life.
View attachment 541468
In 1855, after several battles, the strength of "Little Knife Society" became weaker and weaker. One day, Zhou Xiuying and her army was trapped and surrounded in Qingpu (a remote district on the edge of Shanghai). Although she still killed tens of enemies, she was finally captured after her horse was stumbled over by Qing soldiers' ropes.
View attachment 541471
As one of the head of the rebellion army, the only execution way awaited Zhou Xiuying is "Lingchi". However, Qing Dynasty wouldn't let her die easily. Before the final execution, they added several torment to humiliate her in public such as letting her stand under chains in the square of the city. They did this to her because Qing Dynasty hated her very much for the reason that she had killed hundreds of their soldiers and generals.
View attachment 541472
After days and days of torment, she finally welcomed her death. In ancient China, each condemned prisoner would endure a parade before being sent to death. Thus, on her execution day, early in the morning, Zhou Xiuying was taken out of her cell and put on a wooden donkey(we will discuss about it in the following parts of this post) with all clothes off. Then she was paraded in every streets and corners in Shanghai before she was finally sent to the execution ground.
View attachment 541474
Her hands and legs were tied onto a wooden frame designed for "Lingchi" to fix her and two sticks were inserted into her pussy and ass. Their function is to prevent her from incontinence during the process of being sliced into pieces.
View attachment 541475
The executioner came near to her and began his work. No records showed the exact number of cuts she suffered. It ranged from 36 to 360. In this artwork, the artist obviously took 36 as the exact number. The day she died, she still didn't reach 20 and this finished our story.
View attachment 541476
I also posted a vote to find out your interest in the identities of the prisoner and the way to treat her on her parade. These choices may help me understand your taste and talk about something more related to your interest in future.

Very interesting and informative.
But I want not participate on the poll.
 

toma

Guard
I agree with Madiosi. These are excellent, both the stories and the drawings, but you should not be guided by a poll. What gives them resonance is that they follow history. That is what you should do, not follow what some random members say they want. Just my opinion...:)

Cryingformay, I definitely agree with Windar. We already have one poll, rather funny and based only on fantasy which is launched by NFTW. It is, in my opinion, pointless to multiply the poll trend on this forum.
One by one is enough, leaded only by imagination and with some irony or fun. The historical case of Zhou Xiuying actually seems unappropriate for a poll.
I am much more keen about what you can tell us, including drawings, about chinese or japanese ancient tortures and ordeals, and, as for me, especially about chinese and japanese wooden donkey. I love those chinese drawings, and I wish you'll find and publish lot of them.
 

Loxuru

Graf von Kreuzigung
Here I am going to publish a series posts about traditional public punishment or execution in ancient China. Firstly we are going to view the most cruel and bloody way of execution (not one the most, exactly the most!): "Lingchi", which is also known as "death by a thousand cuts".
An interesting subject, Cryingformay. Nice drawings in your text.;)
But so cruel they were!:(
 

cryingformay

Executioner
Very interesting and informative.
But I want not participate on the poll.
I agree with Madiosi. These are excellent, both the stories and the drawings, but you should not be guided by a poll. What gives them resonance is that they follow history. That is what you should do, not follow what some random members say they want. Just my opinion...:)
Cryingformay, I definitely agree with Windar. We already have one poll, rather funny and based only on fantasy which is launched by NFTW. It is, in my opinion, pointless to multiply the poll trend on this forum.
One by one is enough, leaded only by imagination and with some irony or fun. The historical case of Zhou Xiuying actually seems unappropriate for a poll.
I am much more keen about what you can tell us, including drawings, about chinese or japanese ancient tortures and ordeals, and, as for me, especially about chinese and japanese wooden donkey. I love those chinese drawings, and I wish you'll find and publish lot of them.
My dear friends, thank you for your reply and reasoning. I understand. I will talk about these ancient Chinese punishment according to the historical sequence and illustrate them one by one.
 

pseudoCursates

Condemned
Many thanks for this thread, cryingformay- please keep up the good work!
Although I was already familiar with the images you posted in your account of Zhou Xiuying, you have provided a name and placed them in order and in their historical context.
While I am more interested in Ancient Punishments for women, I hope that later you will find the time to cover more modern events, such as the Japanese occupation and the Communist/ Nationalist conflict. Women played a significant role in these and, when captured, were tortured and executed with the finesse we in the West associate with China ;)
 
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DarknessMonger

Magistrate
is it me or this guy is watching the wooden horde procedure ?
planters-mr-peanut-logo.png
 

Yupar

Regina Iudaeorum
Here I am going to publish a series posts about traditional public punishment or execution in ancient China. Firstly we are going to view the most cruel and bloody way of execution (not one the most, exactly the most!): "Lingchi", which is also known as "death by a thousand cuts".
In ancient Chinese, the original meaning of "Lingchi" means "a gentle slope" or "the extension of time". Then it was used to name a kind of execution way firstly emerged in 900 CE in Five Dynasties period (907–960 CE, a period in Chinese history). At first, "Lingchi" just aims for killing the prisoner slowly with no specific regulations of the number of cuts. However, during the following 1000 years in Chinese history, the number of cuts in "Lingchi" had been gradually clarified. The least number is 8 while the most may reach 3600. If the executioner killed the prisoner before reaching the sentenced number of cuts, the executioner would also receive very severe punishment. More basic information about "Lingchi" can be found at:
The aim or creation of "Lingchi" is to punish those most "evil" crimes. Generally, there ten kinds of crimes can be viewed as "evil". Although most prisoners died in "Lingchi" are male, in this thread, we mainly focused on those female prisoners died in "Lingchi" in real Chinese history.
Actually, there are only three main reasons for a woman to be sentenced to "Lingchi": treason, cruel robbery such as killing more than ten people, killing direct male relatives(son, husband, father or father in law). We will talk about treason first.
As we have talked above, the number of cuts in "Lingchi" differs from the crime while treason may lead to most numbers, sometimes more 3000 cuts. According to history, more than 20 very famous female generals died by "Lingchi". Most of them died under the rule of Qing Dynasty(1644-1912 CE). Among them, two girls are most famous. One is Wang Nangxian who has already been detailedly discussed in While another's name is Zhou Xiuying who died in Shanghai in 1855 at the age of 19. Now we will talk the exact story about her.
Zhou Xiuying's father was the leader of a rebellion group called "Little Knife Society" which fought against Qing Dynasty's government and she received advanced education in both literature and Kung-Fu since she was still a little girl.
View attachment 541466
From the age of 16, Zhou Xiuying began to join the society and led several rebellion battles. She was very fit and brave. It was rumored that she could use a chopper weighed more than 40 kilograms. Soon after she became known by her people, she was chosen to be their minor leader for her bravery and wisdom.
View attachment 541469
In 1853, her father Zhou Lichun was captured in a battle and then was executed by "Lingchi" in the center of Shanghai. After her father's death, Zhou Xiuying was not knocked down by sorrow. Instead, she became one of the main leaders of "Little Knife Society" and led her people to conquer Shanghai. However, this was the last successful battle in her life.
View attachment 541468
In 1855, after several battles, the strength of "Little Knife Society" became weaker and weaker. One day, Zhou Xiuying and her army was trapped and surrounded in Qingpu (a remote district on the edge of Shanghai). Although she still killed tens of enemies, she was finally captured after her horse was stumbled over by Qing soldiers' ropes.
View attachment 541471
As one of the head of the rebellion army, the only execution way awaited Zhou Xiuying is "Lingchi". However, Qing Dynasty wouldn't let her die easily. Before the final execution, they added several torment to humiliate her in public such as letting her stand under chains in the square of the city. They did this to her because Qing Dynasty hated her very much for the reason that she had killed hundreds of their soldiers and generals.
View attachment 541472
After days and days of torment, she finally welcomed her death. In ancient China, each condemned prisoner would endure a parade before being sent to death. Thus, on her execution day, early in the morning, Zhou Xiuying was taken out of her cell and put on a wooden donkey(we will discuss about it in the following parts of this post) with all clothes off. Then she was paraded in every streets and corners in Shanghai before she was finally sent to the execution ground.
View attachment 541474
Her hands and legs were tied onto a wooden frame designed for "Lingchi" to fix her and two sticks were inserted into her pussy and ass. Their function is to prevent her from incontinence during the process of being sliced into pieces.
View attachment 541475
The executioner came near to her and began his work. No records showed the exact number of cuts she suffered. It ranged from 36 to 360. In this artwork, the artist obviously took 36 as the exact number. The day she died, she still didn't reach 20 and this finished our story.
View attachment 541476
I also posted a vote to find out your interest in the identities of the prisoner and the way to treat her on her parade. These choices may help me understand your taste and talk about something more related to your interest in future.
Thanks for your sharing and glad for finding who can translate chinese rope art I love :)
 

Naraku

Draconarius
is it me or this guy is watching the wooden horde procedure ?
planters-mr-peanut-logo.png
He supposed to be a European .The execution took place in Shanghai in 1855, so there must have been quite a large number of Western witnesses. The man is something of a caricature that's not too far from the way Westerners were depicted by Chinese at the time:
china1.jpg
Which is a bit better than the way the Chinese were depicted by Europeans:
china2.jpg
I know my distant relative G. B. Turner, Esq traveled in the East, I've to look through his journals to see if he was there at the time.
 

Marcius

Governor

Jon Smithie

Tribune
Here I am going to publish a series posts about traditional public punishment or execution in ancient China. Firstly we are going to view the most cruel and bloody way of execution (not one the most, exactly the most!): "Lingchi", which is also known as "death by a thousand cuts".
In ancient Chinese, the original meaning of "Lingchi" means "a gentle slope" or "the extension of time". Then it was used to name a kind of execution way firstly emerged in 900 CE in Five Dynasties period (907–960 CE, a period in Chinese history). At first, "Lingchi" just aims for killing the prisoner slowly with no specific regulations of the number of cuts. However, during the following 1000 years in Chinese history, the number of cuts in "Lingchi" had been gradually clarified. The least number is 8 while the most may reach 3600. If the executioner killed the prisoner before reaching the sentenced number of cuts, the executioner would also receive very severe punishment. More basic information about "Lingchi" can be found at:
The aim or creation of "Lingchi" is to punish those most "evil" crimes. Generally, there ten kinds of crimes can be viewed as "evil". Although most prisoners died in "Lingchi" are male, in this thread, we mainly focused on those female prisoners died in "Lingchi" in real Chinese history.
Actually, there are only three main reasons for a woman to be sentenced to "Lingchi": treason, cruel robbery such as killing more than ten people, killing direct male relatives(son, husband, father or father in law). We will talk about treason first.
As we have talked above, the number of cuts in "Lingchi" differs from the crime while treason may lead to most numbers, sometimes more 3000 cuts. According to history, more than 20 very famous female generals died by "Lingchi". Most of them died under the rule of Qing Dynasty(1644-1912 CE). Among them, two girls are most famous. One is Wang Nangxian who has already been detailedly discussed in While another's name is Zhou Xiuying who died in Shanghai in 1855 at the age of 19. Now we will talk the exact story about her.
Zhou Xiuying's father was the leader of a rebellion group called "Little Knife Society" which fought against Qing Dynasty's government and she received advanced education in both literature and Kung-Fu since she was still a little girl.
View attachment 541466
From the age of 16, Zhou Xiuying began to join the society and led several rebellion battles. She was very fit and brave. It was rumored that she could use a chopper weighed more than 40 kilograms. Soon after she became known by her people, she was chosen to be their minor leader for her bravery and wisdom.
View attachment 541469
In 1853, her father Zhou Lichun was captured in a battle and then was executed by "Lingchi" in the center of Shanghai. After her father's death, Zhou Xiuying was not knocked down by sorrow. Instead, she became one of the main leaders of "Little Knife Society" and led her people to conquer Shanghai. However, this was the last successful battle in her life.
View attachment 541468
In 1855, after several battles, the strength of "Little Knife Society" became weaker and weaker. One day, Zhou Xiuying and her army was trapped and surrounded in Qingpu (a remote district on the edge of Shanghai). Although she still killed tens of enemies, she was finally captured after her horse was stumbled over by Qing soldiers' ropes.
View attachment 541471
As one of the head of the rebellion army, the only execution way awaited Zhou Xiuying is "Lingchi". However, Qing Dynasty wouldn't let her die easily. Before the final execution, they added several torment to humiliate her in public such as letting her stand under chains in the square of the city. They did this to her because Qing Dynasty hated her very much for the reason that she had killed hundreds of their soldiers and generals.
View attachment 541472
After days and days of torment, she finally welcomed her death. In ancient China, each condemned prisoner would endure a parade before being sent to death. Thus, on her execution day, early in the morning, Zhou Xiuying was taken out of her cell and put on a wooden donkey(we will discuss about it in the following parts of this post) with all clothes off. Then she was paraded in every streets and corners in Shanghai before she was finally sent to the execution ground.
View attachment 541474
Her hands and legs were tied onto a wooden frame designed for "Lingchi" to fix her and two sticks were inserted into her pussy and ass. Their function is to prevent her from incontinence during the process of being sliced into pieces.
View attachment 541475
The executioner came near to her and began his work. No records showed the exact number of cuts she suffered. It ranged from 36 to 360. In this artwork, the artist obviously took 36 as the exact number. The day she died, she still didn't reach 20 and this finished our story.
View attachment 541476
I also posted a vote to find out your interest in the identities of the prisoner and the way to treat her on her parade. These choices may help me understand your taste and talk about something more related to your interest in future.

I just found this thread. Wow! This is really great stuff. Hope you post more. Thanks!
 

Juan1234

Governor
Here I am going to publish a series posts about traditional public punishment or execution in ancient China. Firstly we are going to view the most cruel and bloody way of execution (not one the most, exactly the most!): "Lingchi", which is also known as "death by a thousand cuts".
In ancient Chinese, the original meaning of "Lingchi" means "a gentle slope" or "the extension of time". Then it was used to name a kind of execution way firstly emerged in 900 CE in Five Dynasties period (907–960 CE, a period in Chinese history). At first, "Lingchi" just aims for killing the prisoner slowly with no specific regulations of the number of cuts. However, during the following 1000 years in Chinese history, the number of cuts in "Lingchi" had been gradually clarified. The least number is 8 while the most may reach 3600. If the executioner killed the prisoner before reaching the sentenced number of cuts, the executioner would also receive very severe punishment. More basic information about "Lingchi" can be found at:
The aim or creation of "Lingchi" is to punish those most "evil" crimes. Generally, there ten kinds of crimes can be viewed as "evil". Although most prisoners died in "Lingchi" are male, in this thread, we mainly focused on those female prisoners died in "Lingchi" in real Chinese history.
Actually, there are only three main reasons for a woman to be sentenced to "Lingchi": treason, cruel robbery such as killing more than ten people, killing direct male relatives(son, husband, father or father in law). We will talk about treason first.
As we have talked above, the number of cuts in "Lingchi" differs from the crime while treason may lead to most numbers, sometimes more 3000 cuts. According to history, more than 20 very famous female generals died by "Lingchi". Most of them died under the rule of Qing Dynasty(1644-1912 CE). Among them, two girls are most famous. One is Wang Nangxian who has already been detailedly discussed in While another's name is Zhou Xiuying who died in Shanghai in 1855 at the age of 19. Now we will talk the exact story about her.
Zhou Xiuying's father was the leader of a rebellion group called "Little Knife Society" which fought against Qing Dynasty's government and she received advanced education in both literature and Kung-Fu since she was still a little girl.
View attachment 541466
From the age of 16, Zhou Xiuying began to join the society and led several rebellion battles. She was very fit and brave. It was rumored that she could use a chopper weighed more than 40 kilograms. Soon after she became known by her people, she was chosen to be their minor leader for her bravery and wisdom.
View attachment 541469
In 1853, her father Zhou Lichun was captured in a battle and then was executed by "Lingchi" in the center of Shanghai. After her father's death, Zhou Xiuying was not knocked down by sorrow. Instead, she became one of the main leaders of "Little Knife Society" and led her people to conquer Shanghai. However, this was the last successful battle in her life.
View attachment 541468
In 1855, after several battles, the strength of "Little Knife Society" became weaker and weaker. One day, Zhou Xiuying and her army was trapped and surrounded in Qingpu (a remote district on the edge of Shanghai). Although she still killed tens of enemies, she was finally captured after her horse was stumbled over by Qing soldiers' ropes.
View attachment 541471
As one of the head of the rebellion army, the only execution way awaited Zhou Xiuying is "Lingchi". However, Qing Dynasty wouldn't let her die easily. Before the final execution, they added several torment to humiliate her in public such as letting her stand under chains in the square of the city. They did this to her because Qing Dynasty hated her very much for the reason that she had killed hundreds of their soldiers and generals.
View attachment 541472
After days and days of torment, she finally welcomed her death. In ancient China, each condemned prisoner would endure a parade before being sent to death. Thus, on her execution day, early in the morning, Zhou Xiuying was taken out of her cell and put on a wooden donkey(we will discuss about it in the following parts of this post) with all clothes off. Then she was paraded in every streets and corners in Shanghai before she was finally sent to the execution ground.
View attachment 541474
Her hands and legs were tied onto a wooden frame designed for "Lingchi" to fix her and two sticks were inserted into her pussy and ass. Their function is to prevent her from incontinence during the process of being sliced into pieces.
View attachment 541475
The executioner came near to her and began his work. No records showed the exact number of cuts she suffered. It ranged from 36 to 360. In this artwork, the artist obviously took 36 as the exact number. The day she died, she still didn't reach 20 and this finished our story.
View attachment 541476
I also posted a vote to find out your interest in the identities of the prisoner and the way to treat her on her parade. These choices may help me understand your taste and talk about something more related to your interest in future.
Wow - so this is all historically accurate? I wouldn't have guessed the Chinese would parade a woman through the streets nude or shove sticks up her butt and vagina. Tell us more!
 

Jon Smithie

Tribune
Wow - so this is all historically accurate? I wouldn't have guessed the Chinese would parade a woman through the streets nude or shove sticks up her butt and vagina. Tell us more!

Yeah, that's the same reaction I had. I mean Cryingformay obviously knows what she's talking about, but on the other hand we all like to stretch historical truth and maybe exaggerate punishments :rolleyes:. I googled Zhou Xiuying and found just a couple of references to her in google books. Unfortunately you only have access to selected pages and the info on her death was unavailable. I googled Ling-chi, and wikipedia had info on that. The method of torture/execution was used for hundreds of years, and was finally abolished in 1905 (!) Chinese law did not specify any particular series of cuts or length of time the execution should take, so there were undoubtedly wide variations in actual practice. Some witnesses claimed the execution would take only fifteen to twenty minutes, and most of the cutting and dismemberment was post-mortem. There would be a few cuts to the living victim, typically to the eyebrows, the skin being then pulled down over the eyes, then across the breast, then a stab to the heart. Apparently family members of the prisoner could bribe the executioner into delivering a fatal cut or stab at the outset of the punishment, and the victim may also have been given large amounts of opium to help him or her into the afterlife. But there are also reports of ling-chi taking hours or even days.

The afterlife was problematic for a victim of Ling-chi, since the Chinese believed that one's spiritual body would be a manifestation of the physical body. And it would be difficult to really enjoy your afterlife if your body is in a thousand pieces. I mean, talk about feeling scattered!

Cryingformay or anyone else got further scoop?
 

ruoliuming

Magistrate
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