15 punishments and executions that were practiced in China in the XIX century
China is associated with the ceremony of tea drinking, with unique architecture, original cuisine, wushu and Confucius wise thoughts. But there is in the Celestial and a special culture - the culture of punishment and execution. In our review of 15 real shocking photos of people who have experienced all the delights of the Chinese punitive system.
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1. Shocking Chinese Justice
Back in the early 20th century in China, when it came to punishing criminals, preference was given to the death penalty with a slow killing. Very often, the relatives of the perpetrator of the misdemeanor asked for the death penalty, since the detention in prison was an unbearable burden on their shoulders.
2. Bamboo cells for people.
3. Execution on bamboo poles.
Of course, over the past few decades, regimes in Asian countries have become somewhat softer.But the shocking traditions and “spiritual braces” remain the cornerstone of this society. And today, for freethinking (by the way, unauthorized access to Facebook is regarded as such a misdemeanor) the creacle is no longer cut off his head, but they can put the chain into a casemate.
4. Man on the chain.
The punitive system of China about 100 - 120 years ago differed from the European in its voluntarism. The emperor's decrees on punishment were issued only in the case when it came to the most vicious state crimes - the murder of an official, the surrender, etc. All other crimes and offenses were turned over to local judges and authorities, and they considered it their duty to come up with a sophisticated method of reprisal.
5. Crucifixion in Chinese.
Widely used in China to punish criminals cutting off the nose, removing the knee caps, branding, cutting off the ears and feet. The criminals were burned at the stake, they broke their ribs, tore them with chariots, and sometimes they put them on their knees and tied their hands to the cross and left in that position under the rays of the sun.
6. The man on the cross.
Particularly popular was the burying alive in the ground. Only the head remained on the surface.It was believed that such a death would be a good edification to other people. The widest distribution in China received and castration, after which the majority of the unfortunate died from blood poisoning.
7. Without a head in the afterlife.
For the execution of punishments, a variety of tools were used: knives and saws, axes and axes, chisels and drills, whips, sticks and needles.
8. To frighten citizens.
9. In an effort to make the punishment worse, the judges invented the “Five Penalties” penalty, which suggested that the criminal was first branded, that is why his legs and hands would be cut off, then beaten with sticks, his head would be cut off and put on public display.
10. Shocking Five Torture.
In prisons, which were an ordinary earthen pit, they were held, as a rule, not for long. The family had to pay for the maintenance of the convict, but only a small part of the society could afford it.
11. After the execution.
For such misdeeds as insulting an official, theft, etc. a man was wearing jia pads. Such punishment was very common, since it did not require detention in prison. Sometimes, in order to reduce the cost of punishment, several prisoners were chained into one necklace.But even in this case, his relatives were supposed to feed the criminal.
12. On the chain and in the pads.
Decapitation was considered the worst Chinese execution. The fact is that the Chinese believed that in the afterlife they would look like at the time of death. Therefore, the relatives of the criminal were even ready to give a bribe so that any other penalty could be applied to him. As an alternative, strangulation and the so-called cell were used.
13. The man in the pads on the chain.
When it came to strangulation, a criminal with a rope around his neck was tied to a pole. The ends of the rope were in the hands of the executioners, who slowly twisted the rope on special sticks, crushing the unfortunate. The strangulation sometimes turned into a real torture, because the executioners weakened the rope from time to time, allowing the victim to inhale convulsively, and then tighten the loop again.
14. Standing pads.
The Chinese cage (Li-jia or "standing pads") was a neck-strap, which was fixed on top of the cage of wooden or bamboo poles at a height of about 2 meters. The convict was placed in a cage, and under his feet they put tiles or bricks, which were gradually removed.As the executioner took out another brick from under the unfortunate feet, he hung with a neck in a block. This strangulation could go on for months.
15. The shooting of participants in the rebellion boxers.