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Huddic boy in national skirt by yuni Huddic boy in national skirt by yuni
A young man from Hudja wearing a jubaq, the national skirt that Huddic youth have to wear during their entire childhood and adolescence.

The belt is supposed to be slightly tightened around a child's waist at the age of 3, the way that is comfortable for the child, thus at the time it doesn't reduce the waist at all. However, the belt's size must remain the same until the person turns 25 and being worn permanently it forces the innards to shift below the waistline, while the person's stomach and kidneys move closer to the diaphragm. Usually at the age of around 10-12 due to the lack of space, the waistline is already clear of all the organs except the small intestine, the backbone, veins and other minor things.

At the age of 25 the person is considered an adult and is legally allowed to take off the jubaq, so not wearing a jubaq is the main sign of adulthood in Hudja. In case a boy becomes an apprentice of a priest and later a monk, he keeps wearing his jubaq during his entire monkhood as a symbol of innocence.



Okay, maybe I should stop watching the Discovery Channel...


:star: Apparently because of the phrase above many people thought Hudja is a real country. Well, it's just a fantasy country I made up and of course all its traditions are fictional as well.



EDIT: Changed the "maturity" age from 20 to 25 based on the comment: [link]



EDIT 2: A bit of extra details...

The world record is 13 inches on an adult woman. It's incredibly small, probably even smaller than in this drawing, and she started to train when she was already over 40. So it proves that it's at least physically possible without affecting the blood flow and digestion.

But here we have a whole different thing: first of all, it's not technically corset training, since when they first get the belt at the age of 3 it's not cinching their waist at all, but as they grow up the belt shapes their body differently. But since the body grows extremely slowly, it has all the time to adapt without complications that temporary corsetting would cause.

See, every year the body grows just a little bit, the waist grows up to 1 inch a year on a normal person. At the age of 2-3 the child's waist is about 19 inches, at the age of 10-12 it's around 28 inches, at the age of 20 it's about 35 inches or so on an average person. A year is 365 days, meaning that the waist grows up to 0.003 inches a day. Training to reduce the waist by 0.003 inches a day seems like an extremely soft compression actually.
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RoBerTa-talia Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
WTF??
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yuni Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
I beg your pardon?
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RoBerTa-talia Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Sorry, but that's look so... strange. I mean, boys with wasp waist?? That's horrible! >.<
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yuni Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Thanks for the opinion.
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RoBerTa-talia Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Same opinion like me?
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ZCEC Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
i got a corset and am setting out to slim up my waist (for no good reason, just a morbid, needless decision)

though i don't plan on his tiny...great pic/fake!facts!!
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lilaurenthys Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
I've been zoning out over your body modification and contortion paintings for the last day and a half - pretty much since I found your shading tutorial and loved it!

I've always found people who love body modification interesting... not exactly the act itself, but the people who love it! I also love the medical side of body modification; being of medical training I always love to look at the risks and benefits. On top of that, I am an avid tribal and belly dancer and we are notorious for practicing fluidity and flexibility while utilizing a core of yoga for our training.

That being said, I have been wondering about waist cinching in particular and what if any complications or benefits would arise from having this type of practice in a culture. I must ask what their sexual practices are like and how heavy are their physical work loads? I imagine they are mostly vegetarian and such a lifestyle usually requires more muscle mass than hunter/gatherer type peoples - especially if they must irrigate their crops. Food may be scarce, but how hard to they have to work for it?

As for sexual intercourse, are there any special practices? I see influences of other cultures here and while I may be assuming wrong, the possibility of male homosexual relationships seems very high. Mind you I am viewing this fictional culture objectively - I will place no judgement on their rituals, beliefs or practices... I am merely curious. :) Depending on their practices and acceptance of varied sexualities, this may put some at risk for complications.

Males may incur some negative physical side effects from such types of waist cinching like rectal prolapse or simply hemorrhoids, bladder and kidney difficulties and weight lifting limitations (ie: not able to pick up their 3 year old).

Do females bind and if so, what types of restrictions and details go into their binding? I could see that since the practice started as a remedy to poor access to food, both genders would do it but invariably it may cause similar problems in the other gender as well.

The pros of this practice however are quite a few and without any bit of research I can easily see that such a life-style is a pure and clean one, enviable in today's western main stream society. I wouldn't mind a cleansing retreat to their small mountain town... a few months to live as they: gentle, peaceful and whole in mind, body and spirit.
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yuni Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
An imaginary world is more like a dream where something happens first and only much later, when you awake, you realize it would have been absolutely impossible in the "real" world.

However, some women in our world achieved the results depicted here and could keep wearing the corset cinching their waist down to the size of their neck for many years, without having to release the corset at all, maybe only while taking a bath. Ethel Grander and Polaire were some of those women whose waists were just that tiny and they both lived a long life. It's hard to say anything about negative physical side effects, we would have to ask someone who actually practices it, but on the websites and TV shows those people mostly claim that they have a healthy life. Whether it is true or not, we will never know, the effects may vary a lot for different people.

There was this girl back in the 1920s whose mother trained her since she was 15 years old and she always had horrible side effects, however, her mother obliged her to wear the corset and by the age of 20 the girl found out she couldn't bear children anymore because of this training. The stories can be really different.

But whenever someone is undergoing such extreme training it should always be their very own desire to alter the body, if it's their own desire then they're most likely to not have any negative side effects because it's their own body that says "yes, I really want to practice this kind of thing and I know I will love it". It's kind of like an inner feeling, just like yoga: simply relax and let your body do what it wants. Of course, if you already have problems with your liver or kidneys then it's not just not smart to use tight belts.

The practice of waist cinching depicted here could indeed start as a remedy to poor harvests, people would fasten their belts tighter and tighter until centuries later it flourished into a religious ritual, something that was seen as very important. Maybe the extreme waist cinching could only be practiced by monks who served as an inspiration for the rest of their community. The cinching could indeed affect their well being sometimes, but it would be seen by everyone as a self-sacrifice and a noble duty and they would be released from mundane work, just so they could concentrate on their devotion to binding.

Other people in the community would attempt to practice as well, in support of the belief, but without as much devotion, just like regular people are not obliged to be devoted to God as much as the monks. For a monk/nun, it's their primary specialty to be devoted and inspire others. Maybe it could be the same way here.
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logan-alexandria Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
It would be oh so interesting to see one of them without the belt on ^^

Maybe a youth on his coming-of-age or something?
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KnightFruit Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
lol i just noticed: try saying waist-cinching skirt 3 times fast
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