He, sir, that must marry this woman. Therefore, you
clown, abandon,–which is in the vulgar leave,–the
society,–which in the boorish is company,–of this
female,–which in the common is woman; which
together is, abandon the society of this female, or,
clown, thou perishest; or, to thy better
understanding, diest; or, to wit I kill thee, make
thee away, translate thy life into death, thy
liberty into bondage: I will deal in poison with
thee, or in bastinado, or in steel; I will bandy
with thee in faction; I will o’errun thee with
policy; I will kill thee a hundred and fifty ways:
therefore tremble and depart. (As You Like It (1599); Act V, Scene 1, 45-56)
From Merriam Webster’s online dictionary:
|Bahá’u'lláh of the Baha’i’ faith under went Falaqa in Iran.|
Before I go further, the standard warning statement should be made: All things should be safe, sane, and consensual. As with any sort of S&M and/ or sex ritual, be responsible. Use safe words and condoms and respect boundaries. No under aged participants or spectators. Outdoor sex should be on private property. Bondage should allow for blood flow. If you break skin, use first aid to treat it and clean your equipment properly. And with foot whipping, don’t over do it. The object is to lightly stimulate nerves, not break bones (and break bones you can very easily).
There are several options for integrating bastinado into Pagan worship. Some ideas have been mentioned in the The Many Textures of Deity section and in the Cut Me a Switch, Bitch section that is under BDSM Rituals. Another idea is to have one person offer their feet up as a ritual object. In this case, the person’s feet would be used for several different things. Their feet could be used as a drum, an incense holder for stick incense, a candle holder for small tapers, and if they’re talented, a flat surface to hold a chalice or a bowl of water. If the person is really good at being still and completely zoning out, their whole body could be used as an altar.
Feet as a drum: Since most people don’t regularly undergo bastinado, I would advise only using your hands, like with bongos. If you’d like to use drumsticks but want to play it safe, super thin plastic rulers are good implements for bastinado. They have a loud “slap” but a fleeting sharp sting that won’t do any damage.
Feet as an incense holder: Unless the person has extremely calloused feet (which I’m not covering here), only use stick incense tucked in between the toes. For added sound effects that will make the “incense burner” squirm, you can periodically wet the foot down. As the ash drops, it will sizzle.
Feet as a candle holder: You can implement this idea in much the same way you would do with the incense, even down to the water. However, everybody involved should be aware that candle wax will get on the person’s soles and aloe should be available for possible burns. After all the wax has dripped, ceromancy can be practiced on the images left on the person’s sole. Ceromancy is traditionally the practice of divining meanings from the images of wax dripped into water, it can easily be applied to flesh as well. As with other types of divination that deal with formed images (like tea leaf reading), different shapes mean different things. After becoming familiar with the with the meaning of the shapes, use your own intuition to divine what they really mean to your situation or that of your sub’s. This is a well honored method of divination among those of the kinkier sort. According to Jesterbear.com, the Italian courtesan Veronica Franco faced the Inquisition on charges related to ceromancy. I wonder if she underwent bastinado as part of the inquest?
As a nice way to wind down after circle, don’t forget to tickle your “altar’s” feet. According to Mistress Marmot, who started out as a sub, “When I was a sub, my Doms would tickle my feet, except I wasn’t ticklish there. Instead, it would make me want to scratch my feet. It would bother me.” So, tickling might not be the pleasure you intended!