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"But first, ...thirty stokes with the big paddle!!!" is often heard on Chinese period dramas, ostensibly depicting how the Qing courts of yesteryear meted out punishment, or how judges "encourage" criminal confessions. Bastinado (also Bastinade, Bastinada - an alteration of the Spanish 'Baston' meaning 'stick') is a description of the whipping, flogging, paddling, or caning of a person's feet or legs; but can also include the buttocks; while the accused are held supine on the ground or face down across a punishment rack. Used for centuries around the world, this too, was one of the many corporal punishment techniques that the Qing routinely dealt out in order to maintain civil obedience.
The Bastinadoist (ie the one who delivers the repeated blows) is generally someone who is specially trained to inflict slow but grinding punishment, even up to the point of death after many hours of torturous paddling. The technique was readily described and amply pictured in various prints that detailed Chinese culture to Europeans.
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