Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Whipping Up A Storm

At Black Triangle, Anthony reports on a radical new Russian therapy for depression :

The whipping therapy becomes much more efficient when a patient receives the punishment from a person of the opposite sex. The effect is astounding: the patient starts seeing only bright colors in the surrounding world, the heartache disappears, although it will take a certain time for the buttocks to heal, of course.”

While mirabilis covers traditional Czech Easter whipping :

"It is only the women who are given a good spanking with whips made of willow twigs, decorated with colourful ribbons ... It is mainly younger boys who go from door to door, hoping to thrash a few girls ... while singing traditional Easter carols.

The whipping or "pomlazka" is to get rid of all the bad things that had accumulated during the winter and bring the vitality back in the ladies, as well as ensure beauty and, of course, fertility."

They'll be bringing back the Flagellants next.

Ply well the scourge for Jesus' sake
And God through Christ your sins shall take ...
Had it not been for our contrition
All Christendom had met perdition ...

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