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I recently read a statement by some doctors that "shocks" throughout the body was a common consequence of falaka/bastinado; could anyone comment on whether this is related to nerve damage, bone damage, soft tissue damage, swelling or bones pressing on nerves? Along with some information about how much it takes to cause it (as it is still being used as a punishment in various places) and whether it is permanent? Thanks. Zuiram 20:17, 12 April 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Whether female or male, it is humiliating, in the Middle East, to bare one's soles, especially in the Arabic culture, where it is an insult to bare the soles of your feet to anyone.

So why is this ugly image in this article? I find the written description enough for anyone's imagination to be able to work out the rest; I'm removing it. - Shoejar 08:41, 28 August 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

(Edit: Actually, it would be better if someone could find a more appropriate replacement.) - Shoejar 09:08, 28 August 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The image was neither ugly, nor inappropriate, although it might have been useful to show the results. Is there any reason why I should not restore the image? Zuiram 20:17, 12 April 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Removed from the article:

It was probably also picked up elsewhere, as the movie Revolution suggests even among British forces (in casu?) in colonial Northern America.

Can you give a better cite than that please, before returning this assertion to the article? -- The Anome 10:02, May 17, 2005 (UTC)

The link to the Project Gutenberg image (Mark Twain) does not work any more. See

This will also be the case for any other image linking directly to Project Gutenberg images.

Questionable External Links[edit]

Both the external Links to Youtube point to the same piece of footage. I believe the authenticity of said footage should be checked and at least one if not both of the links should be removed.

-- 00:49, 21 October 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Bastinado" is not a German word[edit]

It says in the first sentence that "bastinado" is originally a German word. Being German myself, I very much doubt that. At least nowadays there is no word in the German language resembling it. Since I can't prove the statement wrong, either, as there might have been some similar German word in centuries past, I let it stand. If there was such a word though, it surely was 'imported' from French or another romanic language, as "bastón" in Spanish means "cane" and in French - according to my dictionary - "baston" means a fight or a brawl. Furthermore, "bastinado" sounds very Spanish to me. It would be good if somebody could clarify this! Thanks!